This Sunday, February 9th, a couple of students, along with Space For All Launch services, will be accomplishing a dream that one physicist has had for a long time. Professor Stephen Hawking is next to catch a ride on Space For All’s high altitude balloon launches, well at least an action figure with his likeness.
Hawking has not only taught us more about the universe and our place within it, but has led the charge for science education and popularization. By far the most widely recognized scientist alive today, Dr. Hawking has easily earned his place as the next person to have his likeness launched into space aboard a Space for All balloon.
“We’re sending an action figure of Stephen Hawking to the edge of space. Why? This is the twenty-first century — you don’t ask why! (But really, it’s to celebrate his efforts in science outreach and to inspire people to begin exploring space on their own). By attaching his likeness to an enormous balloon filled with hydrogen, we hope to deliver Stephen to an altitude of nearly 100,000 feet. An advanced suite of cameras and tracking equipment will then let us recover the balloon (and action figure!) downwind so we can share the entire adventure in glorious high definition.” – Spencer Gore, Project Lead
We are currently accepting donations to accomplish this dream. Upon re-entry and capture, the action figure will be sent to his daughter to commemorate the launch. You can find out more about the event and donate online at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/send-stephen-hawking-to-space–2 .
This is just one of many launches that Space For All has done in the past. You can find out more about the organization at www.SpaceForAll.org.