This artwork has touched space. Hand-painted by artist Dana Wilcher, a student member of Earth to Sky Calculus, the "Cosmic Rose" flew to the stratosphere on Jan. 30, 2019. Carried aloft by a giant helium balloon, the payload ascended 110,892 feet above the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California. After the balloon exploded (as planned), the painting parachuted back to Earth, landing in the mountains overlooking Steele Pass in Death Valley National Park. The rose had a wild ride and the students got great data for their atmospheric radiation monitoring program.
The students are selling these paintings to support their cosmic ray ballooning program. Each one is hand-painted on a 4x4inch canvas panel, and comes with one of the actual roses that traveled to space on the platform, pressed for safekeeping. Also included is a greeting card showing the painting in flight and telling the story of its journey to the edge of space and back.