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Students send Peep into stratosphere with balloon launch

Students prepare to launch weather balloon
MORRISON – Twenty-five students and Teacher Bob MacArthur spent the morning of Saturday, April 4 flying a balloon. All the way to an altitude of 63,044 feet - almost 12 miles above the mile high city.
The Highlands Ranch High School teacher and students from his meteorology class, complete with a pink marshmallow Peep in commemoration of Easter. The Peep and other specimens were launched with the balloon in order to observe the impact of dramatic changes in altitude, pressure and temperature, plus exposure to radiation.

Students preparing for weather balloon launch

Another launch is planned for April 26, according to MacArthur. The students will attempt to break their altitude record of 102,470 feet.

Flight statistics

Total Flight Time 57 minutes
April 4, 2015 at 8:37 a.m.
Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO (39.66146, -105.19894)
April 4, 2015 at 9:34 a.m.
3 miles east of Byers, CO (39.71236, -104.17799) 
Maximum Altitude 63,044 ft
Maximum Speed upon ascent 9:04:18 a.m. - 132.9 mph at 40,741 feet
Maximum Speed upon descent  9:23:36 a.m. - 135.5 mph at 40,177 feet
Highest Temperature 5,026 feet: 46.9°F
Lowest Temperature 39,251 feet: -77.3°F

Weather balloon with Peep

April 14, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, High School Education

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