What better way to say "I Love You" than a Venus pendant from the edge of space? This spherical glass pendant, showing NASA Magellan's radar map of the 2nd planet, hitched a ride onboard an Earth to Sky Calculus cosmic ray balloon on Dec. 8, 2019, traveling 104,242 feet above Earth's surface.
After the balloon exploded, as planned, the payload parachuted back to Earth, landing near the Eureka Dunes in Death Valley National Park. The pendant had a wild ride, and the students got great data for their atmospheric radiation monitoring program.
Each Venus pendant comes with a card showing it floating through the stratosphere like a real cloud, and telling the story of its journey to the edge of space and back again.