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A student project to capture HD images and 3D video of the 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse from 20 miles above the Earth's surface.
A student project to capture HD images and 3D video of the 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse from 20 miles above the Earth's surface.
65 backers pledged $4,125 to help bring this project to life.

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SEEDS IN SPACE: One of our students will be sending up seeds on the mission to test if low-pressure, high-altitude conditions have any effects on germination and growth.

SOLAR AND COSMIC RADIATION: Because of all the support we've received, we've decided to add a high-tech digital radiation meter to our launch to collect data on radiation exposure outside our atmosphere.  We should bring back some very interesting results.

WE'RE GOING TO STATE!!  Two students from the Boonville Space Program put together a fantastic project based on our past two launches, entered the County Science Fair and took First Place.  Now we're going to compete in the State Science Fair in Los Angeles.  The trip has been generously funded by the Anderson Valley Education Foundation.

Our mission: send three small spacecraft, lifted by weather balloons, up into the stratosphere on May 20, 2012 to capture high-definition images, 3D video and scientific data during the next Annular Solar Eclipse.  The crafts will pass directly through the path of the eclipse in Northern California and be recovered using GPS tracking devices.

In 2011, a group of junior high students from a small town in Northern California successfully launched a weather balloon and camera up into the stratosphere and brought back video from 22 kilometers above the earth's surface.  At this altitude the earth's atmosphere thins to a fraction of its density and the blue gives way to the blackness of space.  The craft was successfully recovered with video and valuable temperature data.  A full movie of the initial project can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lml2Td_mhKM

After this overwhelming success, we have decided to take our project to the next level.  Our plan is to launch 3 crafts equipped with high-definition cameras and scientific equipment to directly coincide with the Annular Solar Eclipse that will occur on Sunday, May 20, 2012.  Our goal is to bring back images, video and data to study this rare event.  We would like to use this opportunity to educate our school and community about our natural world through an appreciation of space science.  The next solar eclipse in our area will not occur until 2017, so this is a rare opportunity.

These funds will be used to purchase a variety of scientific and media equipment, balloons, parachutes, GPS tracking devices and more.  For more information on the specifics of our budget and project, visit www.boonvillespaceprogram.org.

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    You will receive a personalized thank-you letter from our student team and your name will appear as a Supporter in the credits of the DVD that will chronicle the project.

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    The previous reward plus you will receive a Boonville Space Program souvenir sticker that has traveled up to the border of space and back. Your name will appear in the credits of the DVD as a Contributor.

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    All of the above rewards plus a copy of the DVD of the event. The DVD will show the development of the project, the launch and flights of the spacecraft in standard or 3D video. Your name will appear in the credits as a Sponsor.

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    All of the above rewards plus you will receive a stylish Boonville Space Program t-shirt. A sure way to impress your friends when you wear the shirt and explain to people that you funded a spacecraft. Your name appears on the credits of the DVD as a Donor.

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    The sticker, the DVD, the t-shirt, plus a special one-of-a-kind limited 20x30 print of our best high-definition image of the eclipse. It will look great on your wall and make a great conversation piece as you explain to your guests that you funded a very unique, one-of-a-kind spaceflight. Your name will appear on the DVD as a Major Sponsor.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Wow! You are so awesome that we are going to give you everything above and invite you to help us track the event in real-time from anywhere in the world. You will receive the link to our (top-secret) tracking website and can watch the crafts traveling across the map in real-time. Get a bunch of people from the office to chip in on this one, throw an Eclipse party and invite everyone to come and track the event that you helped to support. Oh, and we'll put your name in big letters on the DVD as a Benefactor.

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    This is the corporate sponsorship level. We will place a big sticker on the side of one of the spacecraft with your company name or logo. It's like a race car, but way cooler. Imagine the publicity for your business as we send your name up into the stratosphere. We will give you plenty of visual coverage on the DVD and we're listing you in the credits as a Major Benefactor.

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    We're speechless!!! At this level, you're inspiring a next generation of scientists and space explorers, so we are going to dedicate one entire spacecraft to you or your company. You will get to name the spacecraft and we will decorate all sides of it with your company logo or personal message. We will also invite you to come to California and participate in the launch of your spacecraft. You will be listed as Patron of the Scientific Arts in the credits of the DVD.

    Note: If we get more than three donors at this level, we'll just keep building more spacecraft!

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