On Jan. 30, 2019, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched a cosmic ray balloon--and these bears hitched a ride. The payload ascended 110,892 feet above the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California. After the balloon exploded (as planned), the ursine astronauts parachuted back to Earth, landing in the mountains overlooking Steele Pass in Death Valley National Park. The bears had a wild ride and the students got great data for their atmospheric radiation monitoring program.
The students are selling these bears to support their cosmic ray ballooning program. Each of the stuffed animals comes with one of the roses it traveled to space with, pressed for safekeeping. Also included is a greeting card showing the bears in flight and telling the story of their journey to the edge of space and back.
NOTE: $49.95 buys one bear