This sterling silver hummingbird has touched space. The glittering pendant hitched a ride to the stratosphere on May 13, 2022, when the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched a cosmic ray balloon.
At the apex of the flight, the pendant floated 112,336 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 Eureka Dunes at the north end of Death Valley National Park. The hummingbird had a wild ride, and the students got great data for their cosmic ray monitoring program.
Measuring 20 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.
Bonus: The pendant contains a tiny chamber, which you may fill with the ashes of a loved one or anything else you wish to keep close to your heart.