Purpose of the flight and payload description

Project Mogul was a top secret project carried out by the US Army Air Forces involving the launch of stratospheric balloons carrying sensitive microphones, whose primary purpose was long-distance detection of sound waves generated by Soviet atomic bomb tests. The project was carried out from 1947 until early 1949. The project was moderately successful, but was very expensive and ultimatelly was replaced by a network of seismic detectors and air sampling for fallout.

Details of the balloon flight

Balloon launched on: 5/10/1948 at 20:33 mst
Launch site: Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, New Mexico, US  
Balloon launched by: University of New York
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon  
Flight identification number: NYU 58
End of flight (L for landing time, W for last contact, otherwise termination time): 5/11/1948
Balloon flight duration (F: time at float only, otherwise total flight time in d:days / h:hours or m:minutes - ): 24.5 h
Landing site: In Val D'Or, Quebec, Canadá

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