|Posted on Apr 20, 2012 10:33:42 AM | John Entwistle | 1 Comments ||
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, Calif., knew just what to do. They launched a rubber chicken. The students inflated a helium balloon and used it to send the fowl, named "Camilla," to an altitude of 36.6 km, or 120,000 ft, where it was exposed to high-energy solar protons at point blank range.Camilla flew twice--once on Mar. 3 before the radiation storm and again on Mar. 10 while the storm was in full swing, giving the students a basis for comparison.Read more about how the chicken got to the "other side" by visiting http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/19apr_camilla/If you're interested in ballooning, check out the NES lesson, Engineering Design: Forces and Motion -- Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge (requires log in to the NES Virtual Campus website).
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