Ten red balloons-- and one's in Charlottesville!
Update 11:16pm Saturday, December 5: There's a winner...
Ten red weather balloons were placed around the country Saturday, December 5, by the Defense Department's DARPA program to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the internet with a competition to test how information spreads online. One of those balloons, #3, flew right here in Charlottesville at the Tonsler Park tennis courts at Cherry Avenue and Ridge Street. All 10 balloons were set afloat for nine hours, and the Charlottesville balloon came down at 4pm EST.
The prize for the winning team (which needs to register at the DARPA website) is a whopping $40,000 and entries are accepted through December 14. For those of you in that mad race, the Charlottesville coordinates are 38 degrees, 01 minutes, 33 seconds North (latitude); 078 degrees, 29 minutes, 23 seconds West (longitude). Good luck! –with reporting by Katie Hartwell
–6:15pm post clarified to specify time zone of the Charlottesville balloon.