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Georgia Southern mascot takes trip to space

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Georgia Southern University has embarked on a bold journey where no Eagle has ever gone before.

GUS, the University's mascot, has landed safely after being launched into the stratosphere on a mission to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning.

To gain a bird's-eye view of earth, GUS was attached to a weather balloon and a rig with multiple high definition video cameras and tracking equipment for lift-off at Paulson Stadium. GUS reached an altitude of 102,000 feet before the weather balloon burst and a parachute returned the Eagle mascot to earth. He traveled more than 70 miles and touched down in some woods outside Mount Vernon, Ga.

The goal of GUS in Space was to showcase the University's efforts in STEM education which include practical, hands-on use of technology in the telemetry, satellite and antenna labs.

"It's not difficult to launch something into space with a weather balloon, but to track its every move from launch to landing was really something special for our students," said Vice President for Research and Economic Development Charles Patterson, Ph.D. "By being able to show the science behind such a fun and entertaining project, we hope to get more children interested in STEM careers."

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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