GREENSBORO — Keep your eye on the sky Monday afternoon, because you might notice a tiny speck of a very big balloon.
Kiser Middle School's new meteorology club launched its homemade weather balloon Monday morning, in front of a crowd of cheering seventh graders packed into Grimsley's Jamieson Stadium.
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Since the balloon contains highly-flammable hydrogen, the Greensboro Fire Department was on standby in case of emergency. But, the balloon launched without a hitch.
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Strapped onto the balloon is a box of cameras, a GPS, eggs (to see what happens to them at high elevation) and a toy tiger mascot (dressed in an astronaut costume). The balloon is expected to pop in the stratosphere, sending the box of items parachuting to the ground.
"We're hoping to make sure it gets up there, it gets all the information necessary, and we're hoping it doesn't land anywhere difficult -- like water, in a pond or in a tree," said meteorology club member Alex Manuli.
The club sent a teacher and a couple students to follow the balloon, using its GPS tracker. Students predict the box will drop somewhere past Raleigh, likely in Smithfield. Then, the club will analyze the data.