R.B. Stall High School students and staffers conducted a practice weather-balloon launch recently to prepare for an official launch during the solar eclipse this month.
The practice launch allowed students to determine the best way to attach measuring equipment to the balloon. Members of the media were also invited to attend the practice launch for photo opportunities.
The weather balloon is a 2,000-gram, helium-filled structure that will be launched 80,000 feet into the atmosphere on the day of the eclipse Aug. 21. The project is a joint effort between the College of Charleston and NASA.