No collection of Star Wars bobbleheads is complete without a Wookie. For those of you who feel the same way, we present Chewbacca in the stratosphere. On Aug. 14th, the furry sidekick of Han Solo hitched a ride onboard an Earth to Sky Calculus cosmic ray balloon, flying 117,454 feet above Earth's surface. After the balloon popped (as planned), the payload parachuted back to Earth, landing near the base of Mount Tom, a 13,700 ft peak near Bishop, California. Chewie had a wild ride, and the students got great data for their cosmic ray monitoring program.
The students are selling Chewbacca to support their cosmic ray ballooning program. Each bobblehead comes with a greeting card showing the Wookie in flight and telling the story of his journey to the edge of space and back again.