As the BSIS team neared the final location, they began to see Ministry of Defence signs, warning of nuclear bunkers on one side of the road, minefields on the other, and a mustard gas storage site along the way.
Officials from the RAF base handed the capsule over after the boys politely asked if they could have their balloon back.
Mr Jones said: “I am delighted that this went so well, as it has been two years in the planning. It’s a real boy’s own adventure story.
“The footage we got from outer space was stunning. The high altitude ballooning community has been very complimentary about our initial launch and were able to track the rocket by GPS as it moved across Google maps on their screens.”
“We hope this is just the start of Bolton School in Space, and will be meeting with the boys shortly to discuss our next adventure.”
Year 10 pupil James Whalley, aged 15, said: “The launch went as we could have hoped.
“The moment that we lost the GPS lock was worrying, as we thought that we might never be able to recover the balloon, however seeing it in the military base was a great moment.”
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