If you like your drink cold--really cold--this glass is for you. On Nov. 25th, it flew to the stratosphere onboard an Earth to Sky Calculus cosmic ray research balloon. At the apex of the flight (117,109 ft), the temperature was a frosty -63C.
This double-walled whiskey glass is cast from one of the original molds for Storm Trooper helmets used in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. Made of high quality borosilicate, the glass is thin, hard and lead-free. It makes a great Christmas Gift for Star Wars fans.
During the 2.2 hour balloon flight, the glass experienced temperatures as low as -63 C and air pressures less than 0.07% of sea level. According to onboard radiation sensors, cosmic ray levels were 100 times Earth-normal as the glass 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 Eureka Valley on the verge of Death Valley National Park.
The glass comes with a greeting card showing the item in flight, and telling the story of its journey to the stratosphere and back again. All purchases help pay the helium bill for our student ballooning program.
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