GREENSBORO — Did you see the weather 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.
Strapped onto the balloon was a box of cameras, a GPS, and eggs (to see what happens to them at high elevation) and a toy tiger mascot (dressed in an astronaut costume). The balloon was 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 predicted the box would drop somewhere past Raleigh, likely in Smithfield.
The Balloon reached 102,230 feet just above Raleigh. It then landed in Smithfield as expected and has been retrieved. Upon initial inspection, the outside egg is frozen solid but not cracked. The club will now analyze the data.
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