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Georgia Southern University has embarked on a bold journey where no Eagle has ever gone before. GUS, the University’s mascot, has landed safely after being launched into the stratosphere on a mission to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning.

To gain a bird’s-eye view of earth, GUS was attached to a weather balloon and a rig with multiple high definition video cameras and tracking equipment for lift-off at Paulson Stadium. GUS reached an altitude of 102,000 feet before the weather balloon burst and a parachute returned the Eagle mascot to earth. He traveled more than 70 miles and touched down in some woods outside Mount Vernon, Ga. WATCH!



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