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Tim Devereaux, 9, To Send Marshmallow Peep Soaring At 90,000 Feet For Charity (VIDEO)

04/13/2011 05:35 pm ET | Updated Jun 13, 2011

We've made such strides as sending robots to space and even Tweeting from the International Space Station. Now, an Arizona student will send a Peep -- those everlasting marshmallow treats -- into the upper atmosphere.

As part of his science project and as a way to raise money for charity, 9-year-old Tim Devereaux will send a Styrofoam container holding the Peep, a GPS tracker, Smartphone and camera into the stratosphere, KGO reports.

Devereaux, a fourth-grade student at Laguna Elementary School in Scottsdale, Ariz., wants to see if the low pressure will make the infamously indestructible treat expand.

The Peep, which purportedly has a shelf life of two years, will be attached to the outside of the container that has a hole for a camera to shoot pictures through every five seconds. Inside the container, Devereaux even placed a foil coffee can lid to act as a radar deflector, he tells KPHO.

"We have this metal disk so that the planes can not run into it."

The Styrofoam cooler will be attached to a helium-filled water balloon. After reaching 90,000 feet, the balloon will burst and deploy a parachute, easing the apparatus back to Earth, according to KPHO.

Devereaux is using the project to raise money for the Ryan House in Phoenix, which supports children with life-threatening conditions and their families. He's selling "seats" onboard the cooler. For $5, he'll put your photo inside the cooler, but for $25, he'll put your photo on the bottom, KPHO reports.

"That's the VIP."

He's calling his project NAFA, the National Aeronautics Face Administration.

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