NASA sends rubber chicken into space, because it can

Footage of school project to measure solar radiation

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Don't worry, folks, about the end of the space shuttle program or our country's inability to fund long-term space exploration or a moon base or Mars journey. We're putting rubber chickens into space!

Here's some footage of a NASA-supported project, in which a group of school children participated in getting "Camilla", a rubber chicken, launched into space.

Yes, yes, there was some actual science going on here, but it's still pretty sad that we're doing things like these instead of more ambitious projects like landing a human on Mars.

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