28 Apr '12, 10pm

Rubber Chicken in Space : Image of the Day

In March 2012, the Sun unleashed the most intense radiation storm since 2003, peppering satellites with charged particles and igniting strong auroras around both poles. A group of high school students in Bishop, California, knew just what to do: They launched a rubber chicken. The students inflated a helium balloon and used it to send “Camilla” to an altitude of 120,000 feet (36.5 kilometers), where she was exposed to high-energy solar protons. “We equipped Camilla with sensors to measure the radiation,” said Sam Johnson, age 16, of Bishop Union High School’s Earth to Sky student group. “At the apex of our flight, the payload was above 99 percent of Earth’s atmosphere.” Launching a rubber chicken into a solar storm might sound strange, but the students had a reason: They are doing an astrobiology project. “Later this year, we plan to launch a species of microbes to find ou...

Full article: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=77787&s...

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In March 2012, the Sun unleashed the most intense radiation storm since 2003, peppering satellites with charged particles ...

Poor Camilla! ... Rubber Chicken in Space : Ima...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 28 Apr '12, 10pm

In March 2012, the Sun unleashed the most intense radiation storm since 2003, peppering satellites with charged particles ...

High school students launched a rubber chicken ...

earthobservatory.nasa.gov 28 Apr '12, 10pm

In March 2012, the Sun unleashed the most intense radiation storm since 2003, peppering satellites with charged particles ...

@_JayLinggg you like the chicken one

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