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Racing the eclipse, School of Engineering weather balloon sends striking video

by Aug. 24, 2017, 2:24 PM

A high-altitude weather balloon rose yesterday from a Vanderbilt garage rooftop to the edge of space to live-stream video of the first total solar eclipse in the United States since 1979.

After losing the first balloon to high winds, mechanical engineering graduate student Adam Jarrell and Vanderbilt’s NASA eclipse project team quickly attached a backup balloon and successfully launched about 30 minutes before totality – 1:27 p.m. in Nashville.

Striking video was streamed to a NASA website from around 70,000 feet.

Today, they declared the launch a success and the team is going over spectacular videos and photographs from the flight and analyzing data.

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