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Scottish school science project floats to the Island

A Scottish school science project has turned up on the Isle of Man.

Pupils at St Andrew's Academy in Renfrewshire designed a helium-filled weather balloon, and launched it on Tuesday.
 
Expecting it to land in Dumfriesshire, the balloon - which was carrying a cactus, GPS tracking devices and cameras - was feared lost to the Irish Sea.
 
Students monitoring the project were astonished to find a GPS signal on the same day- indicating that the experiment was located near to St John's Church. 
 
The school contacted vicar Diane Marchmont and her husband John - who found the balloon intact after reaching a near-space altitude of 91,863 feet.
 
'Mission leader' and sixth-year pupil Lewis Campbell explains how the team felt: 
 

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