Tell Mom how much you love her -- to the Moon and Back!
On March 5, 2019, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched an array of cosmic ray sensors to the stratosphere onboard a helium balloon. This Mother’s Day pendant went along for the ride. The silvery crescent declares "I love you to the Moon and Back" and surrounds a 14K gold plated heart labeled "Mom."
The payload flew 28.8 km (94,488 feet) above the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains of central California. During the 2.5 hour flight, the pendant experienced temperatures as low as -59 C and air pressures barely 0.1% of sea level. According to the radiation sensors, cosmic ray levels were 100 times Earth-normal as the pendant 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 in low hills overlooking Death Valley Wash on the outskirts of Death Valley National Park.
Each piece of space jewelry comes with a greeting card showing the pendant in flight and telling the story of its journey to the stratosphere and back again.
Mother's Day Space Pendant