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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