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Local science teacher launches weather balloon 87,000 feet high

Up, up, and away!

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, as wel...


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