UK students getting set for eclipse with once in a lifetime experiment

Published: Jul. 14, 2017 at 3:10 PM EDT
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Science experiments along with a live stream video are heading twenty miles into our atmosphere on weather balloons for this upcoming solar eclipse, all thanks to University of Kentucky students.

The project has been in the works for two years and has involved everyone from freshman to seniors at the University of Kentucky.

Professor Suzanne Smith, the Director of NASA Kentucky, says that with the help of new technology comes new experiments that she can use to educate while participating with her students.

"This technology is brand new. Live streaming has only been available recently, the miniaturized computers, the raspberry-pi is a relatively new technology that the students are learning to work with."

Now that the eclipse is getting closer, students like Mollye Malone are excited to see all of their work come together.

"We have come such a long way, and the eclipse is only a month away. We're kind of getting down to the wire, and everything is getting more and more real."

NASA Kentucky, a higher education program, funded the experiment and considers this a once in a lifetime experience.