MagoGuide’s Successful Launch into Space has made it into the upper atmosphere. Day before yesterday, Earth to Sky Calculus launched a Space Weather Buoy that not only carried the X-ray/gamma-ray sensors normally flown but also a neutron detector.  So cool.

GPS data indicate that the payload successfully reached the stratosphere and parachuted back to Earth, landing in a remote corner of Death Valley National Park. A recovery team has collected the payload and the data it contained. Now we are awaiting the results of the data analysis. Did the detector survive the trip? Did the Buoy detect neutrons in the stratosphere? Stay tuned for answers.

Earth to Sky Calculus has a great post on their Facebook page that describes the launch and includes some great photos.  There is also a post with the results.  Dr. Tony Phillips has additional information about the launch on his website.

Here’s a nice thank you that we got from the team…

The students wish to thank the generous folks at for sponsoring the flight. MagoGuide is a fantastic travel web site, providing global access to local knowledge to adventurers around the world. Their donation of $500 got this mission off the ground!

It was our pleasure to help out.  We love seeing these young people actively involved in such a worthwhile project.  We just wish that we could have been there!

You too can sponsor a flight by emailing Dr. Phillips at

Patti Hart

Patti has been traveling the world with Morgan since 1974 and loving every minute of it.  She's responsible for the photography and editing on the MagoGuide website as well as making occasional contributions.  Patti also generates the graphics and edits the MagoGuide products (e.g., the Mago Scrolls).  She recently built and published the iPhone and iPad application for MagoGuide. Finally, she is responsible for this website including code that tailors the content to what readers are interested in seeing.  In other words, a very busy lady.

2 thoughts on “MagoGuide’s Successful Launch into Space

  1. On behalf of a grateful retiree, thank you for sponsoring Earth to Sky Calculus stratosphere flight with their neutron detector.

    What those students are learning is priceless and I envy what they are doing and what they learn. I am retired, 62, and a college student. Young people given this opportunity have a tremendous gift of education, knowledge, and experience they will have for the rest of their lives.

    As such, our lives are richer for their sharing the experience. I discovered Earth to Sky on and thoroughly enjoy reading the numbers even though I do not entirely understand what they mean. That is why I attend school now.

    Anyway, I am blathering on like a lost professor, so thank you.

    Dave Luttinen
    Edmonds Community College Student,
    Lynnwood, WA

    1. Dave, we couldn’t agree with you more regarding Earth to Sky Calculus. We feel honored to be able to help. And I love the fact that you’ve gone back to school after retiring. I can’t think of a better way for someone to spend their time than continuing to learn. I hope that you’ll be back to MagoGuide in the future to see what all we’re learning on our travels. And be sure to tell your friends about MagoGuide!

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