This sterling silver hummingbird has touched space. The glittering pendant hitched a ride to the stratosphere on Jan. 15, 2021, when the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched a cosmic ray balloon.
At the apex of the flight, the pendant floated 111,202 feet above the snow-capped Sierra Nevada of central California, spending two hours in the stratosphere as sensors in the payload measured cosmic rays. Later, the necklace parachuted back to Earth, landing near the peak of Little Mount Inyo on the outskirts of Death Valley National Park. The hummingbird had a wild ride, and the students got great data for their cosmic ray monitoring program.
Measuring 14 mm in diameter, the circular pendant is suspended from a matching 18-inch chain. Each one comes with a greeting card showing the hummingbird in flight and telling the story of its journey to the edge of space and back.