One of Brian’s Favorite Quotes
The people of England, I think, are less oppressed than here [in France]. But it needs but half an eye to see, when among them, that the foundation is laid in their dispositions for the establishment of a despotism. Nobility, wealth, and pomp are the objects of their admiration.”
— Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) to George Wythe
1786. ME 5:397
Wonder What You’d Look Like in Space? One Band Sent Versions of Themselves on an Amazing Trip Into Orbit — And Nearly Lost the Footage.
This is a tale of musicians, low Earth orbit, a lost balloon and a helpful bean farmer.
A group of emo rockers became astronauts-in-effigy, so to speak, in August when they launched bobble head versions of themselves into orbit, strapped to a weather balloon and a GoPro camera.
The band, Tiny Moving Parts, wrote:
On August 13th from our home in Benson, MN, we sent three bobble heads replicas of ourselves into space using a 600 gram weather balloon. The 2 hour flight was captured by a GoPro camera enclosed in a styrofoam cooler alongside a GPS tracker and a stack of heat packs to help brave the -60 degree F (-15 C) temperatures. The spacecraft reached a height of over 80,000 ft (24,384 meters), capturing the Earth’s curve and the beauty of a world just beyond our grasp.
But there was a problem: the GPS stopped transmitting midway through the flight.
“We drove all over the farmlands of Minnesota with the slim hopes of it turning up somewhere,” the band wrote. “Eventually, we gave up and lost hope.”
How did they eventually get the video of their bobble heads’ flight?
A farmer helped them out.
“It wasn’t until October 10th, almost 2 months [after the flight], that we received a call from a farmer, our new friend Kurt, almost 50 miles away who found the pack while combing through his bean farm,” the band wrote.
Watch the amazing footage below:
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