One small step for a Hobbit…


In June 2018, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus flew to New Zealand for an unprecedented launch of space weather balloons over Earth’s 8th continent. To help fund their trip, they launched this ring of power to the stratosphere. Really! On the southern winter solstice, June 21st, it flew more than 33 km (108,345 feet) above New Zealand’s north island, passing almost directly above Hobbiton, the movie set for the Lord of the Rings. The ring is made of golden-colored tungsten and inscribed with the authentic Mordor script of the One Ring.


This far out gift comes with a greeting card showing the ring in flight and telling the story of its journey to the edge of space. Sales support the Earth to Sky Calculus cosmic ray ballooning program and hands-on STEM research.


Note: chain not included

The One Ring