2014-06-19 / Front Page

Team is set for Friday balloon hunt

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 2 p.m. - Teacher Danielle Grate is planning a Friday expedition to an area above the Mammoth Mountain ski resort to search for a payload package carried aloft by a balloon on June 4.

The weather balloon may have ascended to more than 130,000 feet before it burst and released its payload--which was designed to descend via parachute. The high-altitude balloon carried three $400 GoPro cameras, along with other instruments.

Students from Woodland Elementary School launched the craft.

While the balloon's transmitter apparently failed, Grate did receive some data from it.  When plotted on a map, the data suggested the payload may have landed about a mile off the Pacific Crest Trail above Mammoth Lakes.

Grate, along with students Callie Nance and Morgan Lewis and some family members, plan to search the area on Friday, June 27.

Read the MARIPOSA GAZETTE on Thursday, July 3 for the results of the team's search.

Woodland Elementary School students launched this high-altitude weather balloon on Wednesday, June 4. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)Woodland Elementary School students launched this high-altitude weather balloon on Wednesday, June 4. (Erik Skindrud | The GAZETTE)


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