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From: Celebrating the 2017 Great American Eclipse: Lessons Learned from the Path of Totality. ASP Conference Series, Vol. 516, Sanlyn Buxner, Linda Shore, and Joseph Jensen, eds. pp 485-490.


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The NASA Nebraska High Altitude Ballooning Program was one of 55 teams across the nation to fly weather balloons within the August 21st Total Solar Eclipse and stream live video to the internet. On this day, the Nebraska team launched three high altitude balloons to take scientific measurements and take photos and video ofthe Moon's shadow falling on the Earth. These balloons included the NASA common video streaming payload as well as experiments from students at Metropolitan Community College and from faculty and students at Omaha Public Schools. The launches took place at the "Gem Over the Prairie" event at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer in Grand Island, and had an audience of approximately 6000.