Westwood Middle School checks out the weather

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- Westwood Middle School student Margaret Keeton holds the balloon that will be launched into high-altitude as part of a University of Tennessee Space Institute Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM, outreach event Jan. 20. Arnold Air Force Base STEM Center volunteers helped in the launch from the Manchester school and in the recovery of the balloon. Students received lectures from UTSI volunteers before the launch on what is needed to deploy high-altitude balloons and how the balloons gather information such as weather, atmospheric and climate data. The Westwood Science Club students assembled the payload and oversaw the launch while the entire seventh grade observed. Photographer John Coffelt, Manchester Times, documented the event. (UTSI photos)