Near space launch for space science for schools | SierraSun.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Near space launch for space science for schools

TAHOE andamp;#8212; Space Science for Schools, a Nevada nonprofit dedicated to science education for both teachers and students, in collaboration with the Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, will be launching a weather balloon to andamp;#8220;near space,andamp;#8221; 100,000 ft., as a scientific experiment. The balloon will tow with it a parachute for decent from the stratosphere, and an insulated payload. The balloon will burst at 100,000 ft. altitude and the payload will parachute back to earth. The payload will include scientific instruments for measuring atmospheric temperature and barometric pressure as well as a video camera and a still camera for photographing the entire flight which will consume a total of about two hours.The launch and recovery will be assisted with two on-board GPS devises, a strobe light attached to the payload, and a support aircraft which will track the progress of the package. Boys and Girls Club members will participate in planning, tracking, and photographing the entire mission.The launch will occur within four weeks from the Washoe Valley area dependent upon weather conditions. The scientific data received in the initial flight will be utilized in a subsequent flight to occur in May as a part of Nevada Space Day. andamp;#8212; Submitted by Alan Castator, director for Space Science for Schools volunteer and past board president Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe


Support Local Journalism

 

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


Opinion

Shirley Frerik: Just say NO to single-use plastics

|

Plastic has changed our lives for the better in many ways – but its over-consumption within our “throwaway” society has come to haunt us. Single-use plastics have made mountains of trash and fouled our streams…



See more