Conard High School and Smith STEM School released weather balloons from the grounds of Smith in West Hartford on Thursday, June 4.
By Ronni Newton
Photos from the weather balloon courtesy of Anthony Truss, Conard High School
Two weather balloons were launched from the grounds of Smith STEM School on Thursday morning, and both eventually reached a height where the atmospheric pressure caused the helium inside to burst, sending the balloons parachuting back to earth.
West Hartford teacher Anthony Truss, the faculty advisor to Conard’s ACE (Astronomy, Computer, Engineering) Club, shared the photos taken by GoPro cameras that were attached to the balloon.
According to Truss, after the balloon burst it spent an hour parachuting back to earth and was eventually retrieved in Coventry. The parachute, which was tied to the balloon, straightened out as the air gained in density, Truss said.
Truss said the balloon reached an altitude of 120,000 feet – 22.7 miles above the earth – just as planned. “This is our third year so we are really starting to get it,” Truss said.
Although Truss said that he didn’t anticipate the students learning anything that had not already been discovered, that in no way minimized the value of this project.
“It’s so cool to discover this first hand,” he said.
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