It was an AMAZING experience!
We launched three balloons and we successfully recovered all of the equipment.
We are working on processing the photos and video from the flights as well as analyzing the data taken during the experiments. We will get an update posted with photos and video as soon as we can.
Read the experiment conclusions written by the participants of the Aerospace Educators Workshop 2017.
Read the story and see photos from the NASA Eclipse Ballooning Workshop.
Read the story of our UNO-STEM Eureka! Camp 2016:
Watch our video from the high altitude balloon launch here:
Read the story of our latest launch here: http://nearspacescience.com/mcc-launch-4916/
NASA has a resource page (Beta) of 3D printing models available. Along with models of spacecraft and asteroids, there are some topographical maps of planetary features.
At MCC’s Fab Lab, I was able to have a model of the Gale Crater on Mars printed.
I wanted it printed in white so I could try to paint it to look more realistic.
I used plain acrylic paints and it worked better than I anticipated.
See photos from the balloon from our Do Space Grand Opening launch: http://nearspacescience.com/do-space-grand-opening-launch-11715/
We are preparing for a HAB launch from the PKI building at UNO at 11 am on Saturday. We will be testing some new equipment and will be transmitting the information from the balloon to Do Space for their Grand Opening via the internet.
If you want to follow along, our mission page will be at https://tracking.stratostar.net/mission/0040 so anyone with an internet enabled device can track the balloon. The twitter hashtag which will show up on the mission page is #stratostar0040. During the mission, our students and chase team can keep everyone watching updated on the progress and, after the mission, we will post images or updates on the projects. Feel free to share the link and hashtag with anyone you think would be interested.