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Google launched a bunch of balloons into the sky. It just might be the future of Internet.

It sounds so crazy, but it's WAY exciting. Bringing Internet to the entire world!

Google launched a bunch of balloons into the sky. It just might be the future of Internet.

How many people around the world have no connection to the Internet?



Think of all the things we do on the Internet. Can you imagine spending your entire life disconnected?

So Google asked:

What if everyone on planet Earth had access to the Internet?

In 2013, the started an experiment called Project Loon.

They started in the Southern Hemisphere, with ground stations and users in southern New Zealand.

Pilot program participants were given special SIM cards to connect their phones to the Loon network.

Project Loon's high-altitude balloons create a continuous Internet network for the people beneath it.

The pilot was a success, and now they're expanding!

But expanding the program came with many challenges. They had to scale up every aspect of their operation: manufacturing, launch, balloon tracking, and balloon recovery. But now their hope is creating "a ring of uninterrupted connectivity at latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere."

"We're getting close to the point where we can bring Internet to people across the world."
— Project Loon Lead Mike Cassidy

How cool is that!?

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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