I had no idea balloons went that high.
A team of students from the University of Minnesota sent their mascot, Goldy the Gopher, up to nearly 100,000 feet on a high altitude balloon mission. Goldy reached the edge of space along with experiments designed by the team of mostly Aerospace Engineering students. (Don’t worry, Goldy returned safely to Minnesota.)
About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.