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Bangor High School students launch weather balloon

Posted Sept. 27, 2012, at 2:14 p.m.
Bangor High School STEM program students carefully prepare their weather balloon for launch from Bangor High School's soccer field Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012.
Bangor High School STEM program students carefully prepare their weather balloon for launch from Bangor High School's soccer field Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012.
Sharon Audibert carefully holds onto a weather balloon as she and other Bangor High School STEM program students carefully prepare it for launch from Bangor High School's soccer field Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012.
Sharon Audibert carefully holds onto a weather balloon as she and other Bangor High School STEM program students carefully prepare it for launch from Bangor High School's soccer field Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012.
Bangor High School science department head Cary James (left) and earth science and environmental science teacher Ted Taylor look to the sky shortly after their STEM program students launched their weather research balloon from Bangor High School's soccer field area Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012.
Bangor High School science department head Cary James (left) and earth science and environmental science teacher Ted Taylor look to the sky shortly after their STEM program students launched their weather research balloon from Bangor High School's soccer field area Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012.
University of Maine electrical engineering professor Dr. Rick Eason (left) helps Bangor High School STEM Academy students craft a balloon tether release mechanism shortly before the launch of their weather research balloon at the high school Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012.
University of Maine electrical engineering professor Dr. Rick Eason (left) helps Bangor High School STEM Academy students craft a balloon tether release mechanism shortly before the launch of their weather research balloon at the high school Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012.
Bangor High School STEM program students Paige Brown (right) and Aidan Coyne (second from right) carefully hold the weather balloon's scientific payload as they help fellow scientists prepare the balloon for launch from Bangor High School's soccer field Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012.
Bangor High School STEM program students Paige Brown (right) and Aidan Coyne (second from right) carefully hold the weather balloon's scientific payload as they help fellow scientists prepare the balloon for launch from Bangor High School's soccer field Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012.

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor High School STEM program students launched a weather balloon from the school’s soccer field Thursday morning.

The STEM program science students launched the balloon with the help of Dr. Rick Eason of the University of Maine, his assistants and Bangor High School science teachers Ted Taylor and Cary James.

The balloon is expected to loft 100,000 feet — to the edge of the atmosphere — at which point it is expected to burst and fall back to earth.

The students and their teachers expect to retrieve the payload with sensors.

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