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Transcontinental Space Weather Balloon Launch is a pretty good headline, especially when it partly involves high school and college students in New Hampshire.

As I write about in an upcoming Monitor story (am I allowed to scoop myself?), high school students who do summer science as part of the UNH Project SMART will be launching a weather balloon Saturday carrying a gamma-ray detector. (Here is the story – I’m not scooping myself any more.)

At the same time, students from California will be here to launch one of two¬†identical balloons equipped with radiation detectors, designed to explore how cosmic rays affect Earth’s atmosphere on continental scales.¬†The above snippet is from, which is a co-sponsor of the two-balloon experiment.

Pretty cool.

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