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(Rubber) Chicken in (almost) outer space

NASA reports:

Rubber Chicken Flies into Solar Radiation Storm

April 19, 2012:  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, California, … launched a rubber chicken.

The students inflated a helium balloon and used it to send the fowl, named “Camilla,” to an altitude of 120,000 ft where she was exposed to high-energy solar protons at point blank range.

(HT Leslie Lawrence)

BONUS: “CHICKEN” was the theme of the 2007 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony. The ceremony included the premiere of the mini-opera “Chicken versus Egg”. Here is a photo of that year’s prize, the design of which reflected the theme of chicken, and also touched on some subtleties of the opera.

BONUS: The classic article, “Chicken Chicken Chicken“, and a recitation (in the video below) thereof by its author, Doug Zongker, at an Improbable Research show at the AAAS annual meeting.

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