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Fourth-graders at Bailey Elementary School in Woodbury, Minn., sent a near-space balloon into the stratosphere on May 16, 2014. The goal of the project was to collect altitude, atmospheric pressure and temperature data while capturing still photographs and video. (Amber Kispert-Smith/Woodbury Bulletin)

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WOODBURY, Minn. -- Fourth-graders in Bailey Elementary School’s Gateway gifted and talented program experienced firsthand what the stratosphere looks like.


On Friday, students launched a near-space balloon 105,000 feet up into the atmosphere to collect data and capture photographs and video.

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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