23 April 2012

Rubber Chicken Astronaut

 The Mail  rports that a rubber chicken has been sent to the threshold of space as oart of  High school project to study a solar storm. 

The bird, called Camilla, was attached to a helium balloon and sent to an altitude of 120,000ft to test the levels of radiation in one of the strongest proton storms in years.It was the second time she has been sent to space.  

The flight was carried out by Bishop Union High School students in California, as part of their science project, last month.  Rachel Molina, 17, told NASA: 'Later this year, we plan to launch a species of microbes to find out if they can live at the edge of space.'

Romeo Durscher, of Stanford University, said: 'Camilla's trip to the stratosphere gave us a chance to talk to thousands of people about the radiation storm.'

During the two-and-a-half-hour flight, Camilla spetnt about 90 minutes in the stratosphere where temperatures and air pressures are like those on the planet Mars.

On the outside of her specially knitted space suit, she wore a pair of radiation badges She was recovered intact from a landing site in the Inyo Mountains.

Her spacecraft - a modified department store lunchbox, carried four cameras, a cryogenic thermometer and two GPS trackers.
Seven insects and two dozen sunflower seeds also rode along to test their response to near-space travel. The insects did not the survive the trip however. Camilla's radiation badges have been sent to a laboratory for analysis.

I only wish I had that sort of science project at school. I might have taken more interest in physics than I did


Jane said...

me too

Claude said...

I wish they would send me too. With a nice sweater, and a few sunflowers. What a way to go!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

That chicken, if encountered by E.T.s could give them a wrong impression about us. Or would it be a right impression?

jams o donnell said...

It would have been great, eh Jane

What a way to go. Count me in Claude!

Take me to your rooster Sean?

jams o donnell said...

I meant Snoopy!

Stan said...

This is a great project. It's also good to see rubber chickens doing more than being objects of farce!

jams o donnell said...

It was one small step for a hen, one giant leap for rubberkind!