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Mike Smith "The Right Stuff of the Balloon World" helps throw helium to the research balloon


The balloon and rocket make a unique sight in the Gulf


The HARC crew works by day


And by night to get the C.A.T.S. rockoon mission ready


Last minute preparations before launch, the tension mounts.


Some dork who ruined a perfectly good picture standing in front of a fully fueled rocket, he would probably even set on top of a rocket, where do they get these people.


Installing the electronics payload


Rigging the pyrotechnic ignition system


Our new friends and only spectators to this historic space shot attempt