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Weather Instrument Lands Near Hartley

Photo Courtesy of Mark Wieck Photo Courtesy of Mark Wieck
Photo Courtesy of Mark Wieck Photo Courtesy of Mark Wieck
Photo Courtesy of Mark Wieck Photo Courtesy of Mark Wieck

A weather research balloon used to collect valuable information is now heading back home to New Mexico after landing in the Texas panhandle Wednesday night.  

The weather instrument from the National Center for Atmospheric Research at one point yesterday was more than 100 thousand feet in the air. Then the Nefstead family got a big surprise out in their field.

"It's kind of unique, I was cutting corn yesterday and I got back to the combine. My wife had left a note that there a satellite in the field. When I drove down there was definitely a satellite in our field," said Scott Nefstead.

This was a test flight for the machine that will be used to further study the sun. It was a collaboration of scientists from around the world who had been working on this project for several years. 
 
 

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