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Southwest Community College Balloon team leader Jesse Moore shows middle schoolers a deflated balloon and payload the team launched during a practice run. (Helen Chickering/Blue Ridge Public Radio)
Southwest Community College Balloon team leader Jesse Moore shows middle schoolers a deflated balloon and payload the team launched during a practice run. (Helen Chickering/Blue Ridge Public Radio)
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On Monday, most of the country will pause and look up to the sky to observe the total solar eclipse. But if you aren't able to make it outside for the event, don't worry — NASA is planning to livestream the eclipse using cameras attached to high-altitude balloons. Southwestern Community College in North Carolina is participating in the project.

As Blue Ridge Public Radio's Helen Chickering (@chicknich) reports, the endeavor is proving to be a great way to get the campus and the community excited about science.

This article was originally published on August 17, 2017.

This segment aired on August 18, 2017.

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