Glider Will Reach Edge of Space, Gaze Back at Earth

Not many people can say they have traveled to the edge of space, but a team of scientists and engineers is daring to join those ranks. The so-called Perlan Mission II aims to fly a manned glider 90,000 feet (27,400 meters) above the ground to unravel some of the mysteries locked up in the different layers of Earth’s atmosphere. Until recently, scientists thought that the planet’s atmospheric layers (the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, ionosphere and exosphere) remained static. But as scientists have learned more about the Earth’s climate…

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