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UFO Sightings Were Just A Google Balloon Gone Rogue

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balloonGoogle is trying to “bring the internet to everyone,” and per its Loon program, the revolutionary idea for doing so is to use solar-powered balloons that float in the stratosphere. They’re currently testing the balloons in New Zealand, but it seems that an early prototype of one of those balloons went rogue a while ago, and has since prompted UFO sightings across the U.S.

In October of 2012, folks in Pike County, Kentucky spotted a bright object zooming across the sky. Even an amateur astronomer was baffled by the sight.

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Girl Sends MIT Admission Letter Into Near Space

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Getting accepted into MIT is reason enough for any young student to celebrate. Most people would go the traditional routes: throw a party, have a fancy dinner, maybe your folks buy you a car or something. For Georgia teen Erin King, however, she decided to pull a stunt that has bought her at least 15 minutes of YouTube fame, not to mention likely a few approving nods from her future MIT professors. King strapped the mailing tube which had contained her acceptance letter to a balloon and sent the entire kit-n-kaboodle up to the edge of space.

The stunt was reported in a press release from the Muscogee County School District, where King is currently a senior. After receiving early acceptance to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, King learned about a tradition called “Hack the Tubes.” It involves students repurposing their admission-letter mailing tubes in various ways, everything from silly art projects to makeshift science experiments. Apparently having been raised to go big or go home, King came up with the idea to turn the tube into a high-altitude ballooning project.