Weather for today's Kentucky Space high altitude balloon launch at 10 AM EDT at Jacobson Park off Richmond Road in Lexington is perfect.

This mission is part of “Dropzone!”, a new high-altitude balloon educational effort of Kentucky Space. Students from two Kentucky Space partners - the University of Kentucky Space Systems Lab and Morehead State University Space Science Center - will lead the launch and ground tracking operations. These near space balloon missions can reach altitudes of over 100,000 feet and can be employed to conduct a variety of experiments.

Spectators of all ages are welcome and a short briefing and Q&A opportunity surrounding the mission and its payload will be held at 9:30AM. You may check the KS web site www.kentuckyspace.com on Saturday for weather and launch updates.

Twitter users may follow @KySpace and @UKSpaceLab for updates throughout the day.

Wayne