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Students launch weather balloon into the sky

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Up, up and away!

That was the end result of the Gear Up program’s Summer Space Camp. On Aug. 18, seven high school students launched an 18-foot around, helium-filled balloon from the Quincy High School practice fields.

The launch set up took a little longer than expected, while the actual balloon launch happened in the blink of the eye.

“It was supposed to be slower,” ninth-grader Alexis Mondragon said. “It scared me.”

The balloon launched nearly straight up and then…

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