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PHOTOS: High-Altitude Views of Parched Sierra Nevada from Earth to Sky Calculus

Owens Valley and Sierra Nevada range, Jan. 8, 2014. Photo by Earth to Sky Calculus.
Owens Valley and Sierra Nevada range, Jan. 8, 2014. Photo by Earth to Sky Calculus.
A group of middle and high school science enthusiasts in Bishop began launching weather balloons equipped with cameras into the stratosphere in May 2011, and their latest effort yielded photos of the parched Sierra Nevada range.

According to the group's Facebook page, the payload of a space weather balloon launched Jan. 8 by students of Earth to Sky Calculus has been recovered from its landing site in Death Valley National Park.

The payload included a pair of Hero3+ cameras, which provided high-altitude glimpses of the light snow cover in the Sierra Nevada, as well as Death Valley.

For background see

Gov. Brown Declares State of Emergency Due to Drought Conditions

Coachella Valley Water District Reminds Residents to Reduce Water Use

How Dry was 2013? Cities of Riverside and L.A. Had Driest Calendar Years on Record

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