Westwood Middle School checks out the weather

A high-altitude weather balloon hovers 97,887 feet at altitude as part of a University of Tennessee Space Institute Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics outreach event Jan. 20. UTSI STEM staff and Arnold Air Force Base STEM Center volunteers helped seventh grade science club students from Westwood Middle School, Manchester, construct the high-altitude weather balloon. The balloon contained gear to collect weather, atmospheric and climate data; a bag of FritosĀ®; and a photograph of the Westwood Science Club. A UTSI representative wrote on the Institute Facebook page that the balloon burst after two hours in the atmosphere and landed in Blount County south of Maryville, Tennessee. The minimum temperature recorded was -69.2 degrees Fahrenheit. (UTSI photos)

PHOTO BY: Raquel March
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