EU_pic3-(1) 12 August 2012

Keith Nolan, CTVR Funded Researcher and colleague, is acting as the scientific advisor to the new ZOO Digital balloon project. ZOO Digital, in collaboration with the EU Commission, will launch a weather balloon into the stratosphere. Met Eireann are helping to facilitate the balloon launch.

The weather balloon will be launched into the stratosphere above Cahersiveen at the end of August. The experiment will examine balloon dynamics, and importantly, help promote science activities! The weather balloon will be filmed it as it expands, and it will eventually burst as Boyle’s Law predicts.

 As well as doing some science to investigate the expansion of gasses, the experiment will display some tweets as it reaches the edge of space, making them the highest tweets ever sent in Ireland.

If you’d like to have your tweet sent into space, please send your message using the #tweetsinspace.

For all of the latest information and if you wish to follow the experiment, you can do so here on facebook and twitter (@talktoeu) and here http://www.zoodigital.ie/

Stay tuned as we share our scientific findings and prepare our countdown to launch!

In photo: From a roof top somewhere in Dublin EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, scientist Keith Nolan and RTE Science Squad presenter, Kathriona Deveraux launch “That’s Gas”.

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