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Visiting Summer Students Release A Weather Balloon Into The Stratosphere

Halle Zander
Leslie Jimenez is a student from the (HS)2 program. For the last month, she’s been preparing with her classmates to release a weather balloon into space. After filling up the balloon with helium, she waits for permission to release it.

The (HS)2 program runs every summer on the campus of the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. This year, high-achieving students of color from Denver, Fort Worth, New Orleans, and New York participated. After last summer’s virtual program, students were invited back to study in person in Carbondale.

This feature follows the excitement of students who were tasked with designing and releasing a weather balloon carrying a makeshift payload into space. The students handled every detail from tracking weather patterns, building a parachute, designing an experiment, and tracking the balloon’s descent.