A week ago, as President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were facing a historic election, small dolls that look like them had just plummeted to Earth from the edge of space.
Following in the footsteps of Felix Baumgartner, who broke the sound barrier during a historic jump last month, mini-Romney and mini-Obama escalated toward the heavens in a balloon, reaching 120,000 feet – nearly as high as Baumgartner.
They got there through a project by Earth to Sky Calculus, a group of middle and high school “science enthusiasts” in Bishop, California. They’re practicing “launching balloons into the stratosphere for a satellite launch in 2013.”
Thanks to their adviser, Tony Phillips, for sending along these images of what I like to call “Bobblegangers.” Be sure to click the video to watch the floating – followed by the plunges. And send us your best captions.
Who should get to jump next from the edge of space – vicariously, via smiling figurine, of course?