Area students are helping take a meteorology experiment to new heights.
Students at New Deal High School and Elementary School are assisting Texas Tech researchers with an experiment this fall, designed to explore atmospheric conditions at the edge of the earth's atmosphere.
Each of the experiments will be packaged into ping pong balls and sent into the sky attached to a weather balloon.
"Kids can see what temperatures up there do to different materials and they've chose things like super balls and play dough and foods and some of the biology students are looking at plant cells," said Greg Burnham, a science teacher at New Deal High School.
The weather balloon platform, called "Dark Sky Station", will be launched later this month from the West Texas Space Port in Fort Stockton.