'Planet Earth Balloon' appears at Dallas Fort Worth's Summer Balloon Classic & AirFest July 22-24
Submitted by DFW Summer Balloon Classic & AirFest
MIDLOTHIAN - Albuquerque’s Discover Balloons will bring its brand new hot air balloon celebrating and depicting Earth – the only balloon of its kind in the world and the most elaborate photo-imaged balloon on Earth based on NASA images coming to town this weekend.
What: Special viewing and flight of Discover Balloons’ new hot air balloon – Planet Earth Balloon – during the Dallas Fort Worth Summer Balloon Classic & AirFest.
Where: MidWay Regional Airport, 131 Airport Rd, Midlothian. How: Weather permitting, all spectators are invited to view the inflation, tether, glow and flight of this stunning new balloon depicting Earth as originally photographed by NASA astronauts in space and later enhanced with satellite data images.
Why: Discover Balloons commissioned the Planet Earth Balloon to help celebrate the beauty and fragility of Earth and support NASA’s goal to raise awareness and better understand our home planet.
Available Interviews: Doug Grimes and Patty Lewis – co-owners of Discover Balloons, who commissioned Planet Earth Balloon, which was manufactured in Brazil.
Planet Earth Balloon is made up of 436 individual sewn cloth panels containing 100% digitally printed images of NASA’s world famous “Blue Marble” photographs of Earth. Original photographs taken by the crew of Apollo 17 in 1972 from 28,000 miles above Earth inspired NASA scientists and data visualizers to later create the most detailed true-color images of the Earth’s surface ever produced, which were a compilation of various satellite images.
In sharing these images, Discover Balloons hopes the public will join with NASA in its “continuing exploration of our world from the unique perspective of space.”
This event also is designed to foster awareness and help celebrate NASA’s proud legacy in human spaceflight as the Space Shuttle program comes to its conclusion. The last flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, and its final mission to the International Space Station, is scheduled for April 19. NASA intends to fly the Space Shuttle Atlantis for its final flight to the International Space Station on June 28. The mission would be the 135th and final flight of the Space Shuttle program.
DFW Summer Balloon Classic & AirFest is an aviation extravaganza featuring 40 magnificent Hot Air Balloons. Four beautiful ascensions with morning flights followed by top ranked world and national competitors flying their balloons in challenging competition for the Balloon Federation of America sanctioned Texas State Championship. “Lite the Nite” balloon glow at sunset on Saturday evening fills the area with balloons on static display to light the sky with spectacular glow of color!
Saturday afternoon exciting Air Show including the only Aerobatic Racing Challenge in the south! Aviation Extravaganza during the day features airplanes, helicopters, military aircraft, skydivers, powered hang gliders, RC aircraft and more in flight and display. Some flights available to public. Exhibits, food, vendors, kids area, live music and more! Something for all ages! Free admission ($10 parking).
Visit the Summer Balloon Classic & AirFest website at www.summerballoonclassic.com/ or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/DFW-Summer-Balloon-Classic-AirFest/114827255208980.
Discover Balloons is one of Albuquerque’s local, home-grown ballooning companies offering scenic balloon rides, decorative and promotional balloons, and the World’s Largest Collection of Hot Air Balloon Gift Items in its catalog and at its balloon store in Old Town Albuquerque -- 205-B San Felipe NW -- Albuquerque, NM 87104.
Call 505-842-1111, toll-free at 888-842-1118 or fax at 505-842-0656. Visit Discover Balloons’ website at www.discoverballoons.com or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DiscoverBalloons. Also, visit Planet Earth Balloon’s website at www.planetearthballoon.com.
NASA’s mission has always been to “explore, to discover, and to understand the world in which we live from the unique vantage point of space, and to share our newly gained perspectives with the public.”