Local science teacher launches weather balloon 87,000 feet high

Up, up, and away!


Last updated 9/25/2020 at 2:41pm

A view captured by a camera on the balloon from 20,000 feet (not a fourth as high as it would ascend) shows Wilbur at center left in the midst of crop country, with Lake Roosevelt crossing the landmass at upper right, The Sanpoil River, heading north through the Colville Reservation and the Upper Grand Coulee.

Local science teacher Derrick Johnson launched a helium weather balloon that went up in the sky over 87,000 feet to "near space," a place  "where you and I would not survive, no matter how much oxygen we would breathe or how many coats we would put on," Johnson told The Star in an email. 

A video on YouTube shows the flight as the balloon goes up and up, showing Lake Roosevelt and Banks Lake,...

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