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The Knox County Space Balloon team successfully launched two balloons from Pennyrile State Park in Kentucky to record the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. For more photos visit


MOUNT VERNON — It would be an understatement to say the efforts of the Knox County Solar Eclipse Space Balloon team’s efforts to record the Aug. 21 eclipse were a success. Thanks to careful preparation, outstanding teamwork and mind-boggling timing, the team’s achievement is nothing less than spectacular.

Team leader Jeremy Funk said the team flew two balloons — timed perfectly — to the exact altitude necessary to film the moon’s shadow as it swept over the team at its base in Pennyrile State Park, Kentucky. They had full recovery, and that means the team has successful flight data from both the NASA balloon and the students’ balloon.

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