Next September, NASA will send high-altitude balloons into the upper reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere as part of an effort to collect data on cosmic radiation. If all goes as planned, one of the balloons will be attached to a satellite designed by students at a unique class at the University of Virginia.
NASA provided a chance to do both. The agency has been reaching out to college space programs, offering the chance to fly student experiments to the edge of space using high-altitude balloons.
“Doing a balloon flight is sort of a stepping stone to space flight,” Goyne said.