“That's no moon. It's a space station.”


On Sept. 28, 2019, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus launched the Death Star to the stratosphere during a G1-class geomagnetic storm. Riding onboard a high-altitude cosmic ray balloon, the laser-etched battle station traveled 104,032 feet above the Sierra Nevada mountains of central California. After the balloon exploded, as planned, the payload parachuted back to Earth, landing on the rugged east slope of Waucoba Mountain near Bishop CA. The Death Star had a wild ride, and the students gathered great new data for their cosmic ray monitoring program.


The Death Star comes with a unique gift card showing the crystal spaceship floating at the top of Earth’s atmosphere. The interior of the card tells the story of the flight and confirms that this item has been to the edge of space and back again.


The Death Star also comes with an multi-colored LED illuminated stand. This creates a colorful visual effect and allows it to be used as a far-out night light.

The Death Star