I suppose it was only a matter of time before space became a billboard. Earth to Sky Calculus is a group of high school students in Bishop, California – run by Dr. Tony Phillips from NASA. These are the people responsible for “space chicken” and “bobble head Obama” being launched to the edge of space via a helium weather balloon.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m fan of space chicken and bobble head Obama, I even posted about both events. My ponder stems from their latest venture – an opportunity to advertise in space. On April 22, which just happens to be “Earth Day“, they will launch your product or billboard into space. Perhaps float would be a better description than launch, as yet again it would travel by weather balloon to an altitude of 120,000 feet. It would then be photographed against the backdrop of our planet.
The United Nations has treaties governing the use of space for the benefit of all mankind. I see no benefit in placing billboards along the Karman line, when Photoshop would do quite nicely. Space should be spared the clutter of marketing campaigns – I’m not impressed by Earth to Sky’s gimmick.