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.