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University of Minnesota, Morris Professor Gordon McIntosh (left) and UMM students prepare to launch a scientific balloon on the UMM campus. Photo by Natalie Johnson, UMM News Service.

UMM physics students launch scientific balloon

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On a cold November morning, University of Minnesota, Morris Professor Gordon McIntosh's Experimental Physics class launched the first-ever scientific balloon at UMM.

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Carefully attached in Styrofoam boxes or "pods," data collection equipment captured information for student experiments as the balloon ascended to nearly 90,000 feet and traveled more than 70 miles.

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