Can a dragon really fly this high? On July 14, 2023, this one hitched a ride onboard an Earth to Sky Calculus cosmic ray research balloon, reaching an altitude of 117,524 ft. The pendant is hand-crafted with colorful enamel inlaid on a hypoallergenic alloy "dragon skeleton." It comes with a greeting card showing the winged creature in flight and telling the story of its journey to the stratosphere and back again.
This pendant has experienced temperatures as low as -57 C and air pressures less than 0.08% of sea level. According to the radiation sensors, cosmic ray levels were 100 times Earth-normal as the dragon reached the top of our planet’s atmosphere and touched the edge of space. After the balloon exploded (as planned), the payload parachuted back to Earth, landing on Coyote Flats, an 11,000 ft plateau near Bishop, CA.
The students are sellingspace pendants to pay the helium bill for their cosmic ray ballooning program. Each one comes with a greeting card showing the necklace in flight and telling the story of its trip to the stratosphere and back again.
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