On Sept. 24, 2018, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched the starship Enterprise to the stratosphere. Riding onboard a high-altitude cosmic ray balloon, the laser-etched crystal spaceship traveled 34.7 km (113,845 feet) above Earth’s surface. After the balloon exploded, as planned, the Enterprise parachuted back to Earth, landing in the desert near Deep Springs, California, more than 30 miles from its launch site in the Sierra Nevada mountains overlooking Bishop, California. The Enterprise had a wild ride, and the students gathered great new data for their cosmic ray monitoring program.
The Enterprise comes with a unique gift card showing the crystal spaceship floating at the top of Earth’s atmosphere. The interior of the card tells the story of the flight and confirms that this item has been to the edge of space and back again.
Also included is a multi-colored LED illuminated stand. This creates a colorful visual effect and allows the Enterprise to be used as a far-out night light.
Crystal Starship Enterprise