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    Posted October 25, 2009 by
    Evansville, Indiana

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    High Altitude Ballooning, University of Southern Indiana


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     gkissel says the balloon flew about 18 miles into the air before bursting. A parachute carried it safely back to Earth -- and into a tree. The local electric company brought in a bucket truck to help students recover it.

    Attached are more photos of the  October 24, 2009 high altitude ballooning flight by engineering students at the University of Southern Indiana located in Evansville, IN.


    Windy conditions at the launch site, the Mt. Vernon, IL airport, made it challenging to keep the balloon stable as it was being filled with helium.


    Launch occurred at 11 a.m. CDT, with  landing nearly 2.5 hours later in Daviess County, IN.


    The pods, parachute and balloon remnant landed in a tree next to West Boggs Lake.


    The students extracted half the pods with a makeshift board and stick contraption.


    The remainder of the flight system was retrieved by linesmen from the local electric company, Daviess-Martin REMC.

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