UMaine News

Mt. Blue high-schoolers launch high-elevation balloon, Sun Journal reports

Sun Journal reported on a high-elevation balloon launch conducted by students at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. Rick Eason, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Maine, has worked in collaboration with the biology class on the astrobiology-scientific ballooning project for several years, according to the article. He and UMaine engineering students assisted with the launch.  Attached to the balloon were payloads that contained sea monkeys, seeds and other materials. Students will see how the items have been affected when the balloon returns to Earth, the article states. Once the balloon goes as high as it can and can float no longer, it will come down, and UMaine students will track it using a GPS, Sun Journal reported.