We got the following update from Tony Phillips…
We might be launching your flight tomorrow (Monday). We’ve been waiting for a favorable weather window for two weeks–and one has suddenly appeared. I apologize for the short notice. We will be flying a neutron sensor for the first time, and this is an important flight for our radiation monitoring rogram. Regards, Tony
OK, I’ll admit it. I’ve always been a bit of a nerd. My idea of fun as a kid was spending days building a computer from a kit and submitting programs via punch cards (we’re talking long, long ago). Since moving to the Rocky Mountains on the Canadian boarder in Montana, I’ve also fallen in love with the stars of the nighttime sky and Milky Way. That led me several years ago to a website called SpaceWeather.com run by Tony Phillips. I’ve checked it every day since to see what sunspots were present and the current solar wind. Like I said… nerd.
Fast forward to 2014. I saw a posting on SpaceWeather.com that some enterprising high school students were launching balloons to conduct experiments in the upper atmosphere and were taking on sponsors in order to raise money for their project. Thinking that sounded like a very cool way to advertise MagoGuide and help further the education of America’s youth, I did some research and found an article on the Earth to Sky Calculus Club in the online LA Times along with their Facebook Page which, by the way, has way more “likes” than MagoGuide. Go figure.
It turns out they they are legit and, after having emailed Tony Phillips, we found out that they were willing to take us on as a sponsor.
To make a long story short… Earth to Sky Calculus is scheduled to send this MagoGuide logo into the upper atmosphere some time towards the end of November and take a picture! We can’t wait to hear all about the launch, what scientific breakthroughs are discovered, and get the picture of our logo with the earth floating around behind it.
Floating above the earth in a balloon. Just another way that MagoGuide encourages “slow travel.”
Let me know what you think.