When the moon blocks out the Sun in a wide arcing path across America’s heartland next August, a very large group of college students nationwide, including some at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport, will be scrambling to get some fabulous pictures of the spectacle.
Just prior to the eclipse, students at OCCC will join their fellow students, instructors and scientists in launching high flying weather balloons that will rise into the sky pulling a basket full of electronics and cameras to get a visually unobstructed view of the event. When the balloon approaches 19 miles above the surface of the Earth – literally at the edge of space – the cameras will record images and other data. When the eclipse is over and all the data is collected, the balloon basket will get a ground command to pop the balloon and begin its descent back down to Earth. The speed of its descent be slowed by a large parachute that will deploy right after the balloon pops.
And while all this is going on anyone can watch right along with the students, their instructors and scientists through an internet link that will be provided over the internet for all to use.
When the day’s scientific operations are over, students will then be invited to apply for scholarships, research grants and take part in a research symposiums as well as internships at NASA Centers and private aerospace companies.
For more information about scholarships, grants and more made possible by OCCC’s membership in the Consortium, students should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.
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