November 12th, 2012
01:27 PM ET

Obama, Romney dolls take a trip to space

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?

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  1. janie bullock

    Not wasting my brain cells watching something as stupied as this.""""")))))====

    November 16, 2012 at 10:29 am |
  2. Sane Person

    Maybe the Mitt doll can help them find planet Kolob.

    November 13, 2012 at 9:05 am |
  3. Buck

    Will Obama ever 'fly' up to the International Fake Station? This would indeed be a worthy PR stunt for NASA....

    November 13, 2012 at 8:41 am |
  4. Marc benarrous

    they should have used the real mitt..

    November 13, 2012 at 8:13 am |
  5. Jamazz

    Wait a sec... Wasn't the Air Force all butt-hurt about space debris and wanting to put the "fence" back together? Now, NASA, or whomever that was, decides to put more garbage into low-orbit? Seems as though the nation has its priorities screwed up in space just as much as it does on earth.

    November 13, 2012 at 6:39 am |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      read the damn article.

      November 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  6. peick

    See, this is why Obama won. He's much more animated when dropping through the atmosphere as a bobblehead doll.

    November 13, 2012 at 6:25 am |
  7. Matthew Black

    rschweiz is RIGHT!!! 30 kilometers up is NOT SPACE – its less than one third of the way there. Calling it Space is a cancer of inaccuracy – or at best, a virus. Calling it Space is like calling William Shatner an Astronaut because he once played Captain Kirk. The media needs a better standard of accuracy than this. And before any bright sparks or d1ckheads follow my comments with sarcasm or so-called humor: you shouldn't call a famous black person a racist name – so why call less than one-third of the way up Space? There: slam-dunk logic that can't be argued with or punctured with a troll's so-called humor or sarcasm. rschweiz and I know what's what...

    November 13, 2012 at 5:57 am |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      " you shouldn't call a famous black person a racist name – so why call less than one-third of the way up Space?"

      This might be one of the stupidest correlations I have ever read on here. thanks for the laugh.

      November 14, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  8. rschweiz

    This isn't space; it's the stratosphere. I wish people would stop calling this and Felix Baumgartner's freefall as having been from space because that's not the case at all. Were these jumps from space, they'd be floating in zero gravity, far from the reaches of the Earth's gravity; not being pulled by gravity.

    November 13, 2012 at 1:03 am |

      oh quit your beeching and go with the flow. }:o)

      November 13, 2012 at 1:23 am |
      • rschweiz

        what flow? a news source has falsely stated something. what flow should i go with? the false statement?

        November 13, 2012 at 1:43 am |
      • ROCKWOOD

        just bob your head......

        November 13, 2012 at 1:54 am |
    • steffn

      There is no such thing as "zero gravity" no matter how far "out" you go...

      November 13, 2012 at 4:02 am |
      • Joe

        True (though the levels and effects vary greatly). Ironic how this and so many other things we are taught are not accurate perhaps simply because what is false is easier to understand. Use an elevator or rollercoaster as an example and I think even kids can comprehend that astronauts do not float because there is no gravity or they are weightless, but rather they are in a perpetual free fall along with the craft they are in. Sometimes not all scientific explanations are hard for people to grasp so why we don’t teach and report accurately who knows

        November 13, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • mrRico

      not to nitpick but there still is gravity no matter where in space you are. no such thing as zero gravity. just micro gravity. even if they were past the imaginary line we call space the objects would eventually return back to earth if their vertical and horizontal velocity aren't quick enough.

      November 13, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  9. DarthNaizzil

    If watching paint dry no longer provides you with the the thrill and excitement it used to, be sure to watch this, it's pretty much like that but in a new a different form.

    November 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
  10. airwad999

    did i really waste brain cells watching this?

    November 12, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • Mars

      I did =]=]=]

      November 13, 2012 at 8:29 am |


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