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.
What We Need
- A meteorological balloon
- Large hydrogen tanks
- Truck rental to move said hydrogen tanks
- Payload construction equipment and launch expendables
- Lithium batteries (more than you would believe!)
Space for All videos have been seen by literally hundreds of thousands of people around the world. They've been featured on the Discovery Channel, MSNBC, StarTrek.com, and hundreds of other outlets. Our goal is to share our love of amateur space exploration with as many people as possible, and projects like this one are a crucial part of making that happen.
We will directly educate dozens -- if not hundreds -- of students and community members by involving them in the launch and recovery of this balloon, and hopefully, we'll be able to use this launch as a platform for experiments conceived of by students of all grade levels.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't make a monetary contribution to this project, there are many other ways you can help! We appreciate any and all attention this project gets -- not only because it helps with fundraising, but because it furthers our goal of making amateur space exploration mainstream. We'd love you to share this project with your friends in any way you can.
We also will be needing able bodies in the central Illinois area to join us for our launch! Our preliminary date is Sunday, February 9, but this date may change in the event of bad weather. If you think you're able to help out, please contact us directly through the contact form of spaceforall.org