Looking for an over-the-Moon Valentine’s gift? Consider this: On Jan. 4, 2017, the students of Earth to Sky Calculus flew this 3D printed Moon globe to the stratosphere. Its surface is an accurate topo-map of lunar terrain, tracing every major crater and mountain range. That’s not all. It is also a night light! A built-in USB-rechargeable battery provides up to 20 hours of romantic illumination.
A helium-filled space weather balloon lifted the globe to the stratosphere, reaching an altitude of 36.3 km (119,095 ft) above California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. After the balloon exploded, as planned, the payload parachuted back to Earth, landing in the Inyo Mountains a few kilometers south of Deep Springs Valley. The Moon was still glowing when the student recovery team found it in the wilderness.
We have flown only a small number of these rare globes. Each one comes with a unique gift card showing the glowing sphere at the edge of space and telling the story of its flight. It also comes with a complementary wooden stand so you can display this unique keepsake on a desktop or shelf. QUANTITIES ARE LIMITED.