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Rubber chickens in space

Discussion in 'Science, Technology, & Natural Disasters' started by Forgiven, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Forgiven

    Forgiven Well-Known Member

    Please click the link below to see Camilla in 'her' space suit... :pound:

    A rubber chicken's flight into the Earth's atmosphere

    BBC News
    20 April 2012

    A group of students from Bishop, California, have sent a rubber chicken to an altitude of 120,000ft as part of a project.

    The journey, which involved attaching the fowl known as Camilla to a helium balloon, was undertaken to test the levels of radiation exposed to the chicken during a solar storm, last month.

    Camilla is already well known among space enthusiasts as a mascot of Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory, and has more than 20,000 followers on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

    On the outside of her knitted space suit, she wore a pair of badges to register radiation levels.

    She flew twice - once on 3 March before the radiation storm and again on 10 March while the storm was in full swing - to give the students a basis for comparison.

    The students now hope to repeat the mission with a species of microbes to find out if they can live at the edge of space.

    BBC News - A rubber chicken's flight into the Earth's atmosphere
  2. Meg

    Meg Well-Known Member

    :doh: It figures this came out of California (no offense Glenn! :hug )... :pound:
  3. mattfivefour

    mattfivefour Well-Known Member

  4. readyforhome

    readyforhome Well-Known Member

    Just made me think of PIGS IN SPACE from THE MUPPETS, and then that also includes Gonzo and his chickens, Wonder what they found out with this experiment?
  5. WKUHilltopper

    WKUHilltopper Well-Known Member

    They learned they can blow and waste other people's money without retribution and if they need more money, simply demand it from the people.
  6. readyforhome

    readyforhome Well-Known Member

    I meant aside from that.lol:lol:
  7. GlennO

    GlennO Well-Known Member

    Meg said

    None taken!! Having returned from four days in Santa Babylon I'm feeling quite stable up here in the woods!!:nod:elmogrin:hat:

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