Students send Peep into stratosphere with balloon launch
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.
Another launch is planned for April 26, according to MacArthur. The students will attempt to break their altitude record of 102,470 feet.
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|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|
April 14, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, High School Education