Watch: 6th-Graders' Weather Balloon Soars Into SpaceThe girls from Bowling Green, Ky., took on an ambitious summer project
A group of enterprising sixth-graders in Bowling Green, Ky., took on an ambitious summer project this year: to build and launch a weather balloon that would rise so high, it would take photos and video of the curvature of the Earth and the blackness of space.
Amazingly, they pulled it off. Their balloon soared 22 miles high -- technically, not space, but well into the stratosphere. This video published today tells their story, and the photographs below reveal the amazing views captured by cameras on the balloon.
Watch carefully at 4:54. That's when the balloon bursts and begins its fall back to Earth.
SEE ON SKYE: Amazing Photos From 6th-Graders' Weather Balloon