Students take cosmic-ray balloon challenge
Nov 22, 2012
Everyone talks about the importance of getting young people interested in physics, but there can be no better way of doing this than to give school students a real project with a real deadline. So well done to David Cussans, a particle physicist at the University of Bristol in the UK, who encouraged a group of local school pupils to build an instrument than can detect cosmic rays – and then challenged the students to have their kit ready to fly aboard a hot-air balloon at this year's Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. The event marked the centenary of Victor Hess's discovery of cosmic rays, in a balloon, in 1912.
To find out if the students pulled off the challenge, Physics World went along to the fiesta with a film crew to record what happened as the balloons took off.
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Matin Durrani is editor of Physics World