Camilla the rubber chicken is seen at over 120,000 feet (36,576 m) above California in this NASA handout still image taken from video dated March 3, 2012. During last month’s solar storm a group of students called “Earth to Sky” from Bishop, California, launched a helium balloon which lifted the chicken into space to study solar radiation.
Camilla, which is the mascot of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, reached the stratosphere along with a payload carrying radiation sensors, cameras, GPS trackers, a thermometer, insects and sunflower seeds.
The flight took two and a half hours and reached an altitude of approximately 40 km (25 miles) before the balloon burst parachuting Camilla’s spacecraft safely back to earth. [REUTERS/NASA/Earth to Sky/Bishop Union High School/Handout]