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GUS in Space

Georgia Southern University reaches new heights promote STEM education. Watch as students, faculty and staff send GUS, the University’s mascot, on a journey high above earth to showcase science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

STATESBORO, Ga. — GUS, Georgia Southern University’s mascot, has gone where no eagle has gone before: into the stratosphere, on a mission to promote STEM learning. A miniature 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, and 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., Georgia Southern News reported. The goal of GUS in Space was to showcase the University’s efforts in STEM education which include practical, hands-on use of technology in the telemetry, satellite and antenna labs.

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