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The Discovery: Victor F. Hess and the Balloon Ascents

  • Mario Bertolotti
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Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)

Abstract

The study of the causes of air ionization had reached a state of total uncertainty, when the Austrian physicist Victor Hess became interested in the problem and started a series of balloon ascents that culminated in a memorable flight in August 1912, which convinced him that the origin of a part of the radiation was extraterrestrial.

Keywords

Cosmic Radiation Radioactive Substance Atmospheric Electricity Balloon Flight Cosmic Origin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze di Base e Applicate per l’Ingegneria (SBAI)University of Roma “La Sapienza”RomeItaly

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