Found September 16, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
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MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins sluggers Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham have combined to hit 53 home runs this season, so they know a thing or two about sending a baseball out of the park. But on Sunday, both Twins players helped send another baseball further than any home run either of them has ever hit. Before Sunday's Twins game against the Chicago White Sox, a group of University of Minnesota students launched a weather balloon that carried a baseball autographed by Morneau and Willingham. The balloon was expected to enter the stratosphere and reach an altitude of approximately 70,000 feet before popping. The students, mostly engineering majors at the University of Minnesota, tracked the balloon's flight in real time via a GPS. The Twins used Twitter to update the balloon's status during Sunday's game. The launch was part of a kickoff event to start the Minnesota Aerospace and Aviation Week, which runs Sept. 16-22. To help celebrate the event, the Twins welc...
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