Send Stephen Hawking to Space

We're trying to send an action figure of Stephen Hawking to the edge of space on a balloon.
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Spencer Gore
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Technology
Urbana, Illinois
United States
1 Team Member

Short Summary

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 

While we already have much of the expensive equipment necessary to complete this launch, some things are just really hard to get around spending money on:
  • A meteorological balloon
  • Large hydrogen tanks
  • Truck rental to move said hydrogen tanks
  • Gasoline
  • Payload construction equipment and launch expendables
  • Lithium batteries (more than you would believe!)
We're estimating that this mission is going to take about $950 to pull off. Anything we raise above that will be used to make this launch even more incredible (did somebody say 3D?)!

The Impact

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

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$251USD
raised in 8 days
26% funded
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$950 USD goal
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This campaign ended on February 9, 2014
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  • $1USD
    Thanks!

    Hey, thanks! We appreciate any and all support we can get. To show our appreciation, we'll encode your name in our flight computer's memory... and send your name to (near) SPACE.

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  • $15USD
    Supporters List

    In appreciation of your contribution, we'll list your name on the Space for All website as a supporter of our project. It will be shown right below the final video we upload.

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  • $25USD
    Credits List

    Wow! Thanks! For your generous donation, we'll add your name to the credits of our video AND to the supporters list on our website.

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  • $40USD
    Flight Photograph & Thank You

    You rock! We'll mail directly to you a written letter of our thanks with a 3x5 photograph of Stephen Hawking at the peak of his flight.

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  • $75USD
    Signed 8x10 Photo & Thank You

    Imagine an 8x10 photograph of Stephen Hawking floating at the edge of space. On your coffee table. Signed by the launch team. Think it's awesome? Yeah, so do we. Hm... $75, you say? We'll hook you up.

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  • $100USD
    A Brief History of Time

    Wow -- we REALLY appreciate your belief in what we're doing. As a token of our thanks, we'll send you a copy of A Brief History of Time signed by the entire launch crew. (paperback)

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  • $150USD
    A Brief History of Time

    Wow -- we REALLY appreciate your belief in what we're doing. As a token of our thanks, we'll send you a copy of A Brief History of Time signed by the entire launch crew. (hardcover)

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