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Rubber chicken launched into solar system!
In a knitted spacesuit and tight-fitting helmet, Camilla the rubber chicken floated to the edge of space in a modified lunchbox as the sun unleashed the most intense radiation storm since 2003. The mascot for Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory was lofted to the stratosphere on a helium balloon that carried a payload of four cameras, a thermometer and two GPS trackers.
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/19apr_camilla/ Rubber Chicken Flies into Solar Radiation Storm April 19, 2012: Last month, when 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 the fowl..
Saturn and its moon Titan in an image captured by Nasa's Cassini spacecraft. British scientists have proposed sending a boat to explore the moon's methane oceans – one of the ambitions discussed at a meeting in London on 26 April to celebrate Britain's entry to the space age 50 years ago-Photograph: Space Science Institute/JPL-Caltech/NASA
Camilla, a rubber chicken, flies into near space for the sake of 5th grade science research.
Camilla the rubber chicken is seen at 124,800 feet (38,039 m) above California in this NASA handout image dated March 3, 2012. During last month's solar storm a group of students called "Earth to Sky" from Bishop, California, launched a helium balloon which lifted the chicken into space to study solar radiation.
Infinity found in the blackness
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An x-ray of Alan Shepard’s Apollo 14 spacesuit allows curators and conservators to “see” inside space clothing—a task that had previously been done by peering through the neck or the wrist with a flashlight.
ACTIVE volcano Mt Vesuvius sits just a few kilometers from the large city of Naples. Photo taken New Years Day 2013 on the ISS by Astronaut Chris Hadfield.