Recap of EOSS-77/78

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Letter to Landowner:

June 6, 2004

Tim Johnson

(address redacted)

Dear Mr. Johnson,

On behalf of Edge of Space Sciences (EOSS), I would like to thank you for allowing our groups to access and recover our balloon payload which landed on your property east of Agate, Colorado today. You met two of our finest trackers, Ben Baker and Jim Zimmerman who were very impressed with your cooperation and willingness to help recover the payload. They wish to express their appreciation.

EOSS is a non-profit, volunteer organization that provides high altitude balloon transportation into near space. This program allows schools, universities and other education groups to conduct experiments at altitudes of 15-19 miles above sea level. We communicate with the payloads via Amateur Radio technology and we provide the students real-time flight data, television pictures and control functions for their experiments. Additional information about our 12 year-old group may be found on our Web site at Results of this specific flight can be found at:

These were our 77th and 78th balloon flights and were an unqualified success. These 10 experiments were conducted by students from the University of Colorado, University of Hawaii, University of Texas, and Montana State University. Over 90 university students from these universities built, launched and operated diverse scientific experiments at the edge of space. Results of these experiments will be used by agencies such as N.A.S.A., Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL), and N.O.A.A for future excursions into space.

The balloon that landed on your ranch (EOSS 77) traveled from Deer Trail, Colorado to your property. It reached an altitude of 104,973 feet above sea level.

Through this event, we may have sparked a continued passion for science in these youthful participants. Again, thank you for your taking time out of your busy day and for you generous hospitality. Thanks for keeping the longhorns well-fed, tame and happy � it made recovery easier

Best Regards,

Marty Griffin

Edge of Space Sciences