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  • Mike Manes
    ... Subject: [n0lm] Fwd: Major Fireball Event over the Southeastern USA Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:48:56 -0600 From: Stuart Liss
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 4, 2013
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      Subject: [n0lm] Fwd: Major Fireball Event over the Southeastern USA
      Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2013 12:48:56 -0600
      From: Stuart Liss <stuartliss@...>
      Reply-To: n0lm@yahoogroups.com
      To: N0LM <n0lm@yahoogroups.com>

      It's old news, but it caught my eye!
      Space Weather News for August 30, 2013*

      *MAJOR FIREBALL EVENT:* Two nights ago, a ~100 lb meteoroid traveling
      53,000 mph hit the atmosphere over the southeastern USA and exploded,
      producing sonic booms and a fireball as bright as a full Moon.
      Researchers are now scouring the countryside for fragments that could
      reveal the nature and origin of the meteoroid. A movie, more
      information, and updates are available on http://spaceweather.com

      Another story:

      In March 2012, a group of high school students in Bishop, California,
      used a helium balloon to launch a pair of medical radiation badges to
      the edge of space. The goal of their experiment was to measure
      high-altitude radiation levels during a solar proton storm, which was
      underway at the time of the flight. Usually such experiments are
      published in academic journals, but this time /Ripley's Believe it or
      Not!/ took an interest. Why? Because the students pinned the radiation
      badges to a rubber chicken.

      Camilla the Rubber Chicken, formerly of NASA
      crewed the suborbital capsule and wore the radiation badges on a
      hand-knit spacesuit. She reached an altitude of 128,000 feet,
      withstanding temperatures as low as -63^o C and air pressures as little
      as 1% sea level during the nearly three hour flight. More information
      about the flight may be found on page 235 of /Dare to Look!/, Ripley's
      latest hardbound volume available from RipleyBooks.com. (Note: The same
      picture was selected by Time magazine as one of the most surprising

      of 2012.)

      The students, who call themselves Earth to Sky Calculus
      are still doing space weather research. Recent and ongoing experiments
      include payloads to measure the effect of solar flares on the ozone
      layer and to assess the ability of microbes to withstand radiation
      storms. You can follow their activities on Facebook
      and Twitter <https://twitter.com/Earth2SkyCalc>.
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