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Outer Space Craft Lands in Mason
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 • Posted February 27, 2014

Noon, 2-18-14, I am summoned by my front door bell.

“Excuse me, but our rocket seems to have landed on your property. May we have your permission to retrieve it?” Always a pushover for aliens with impeccable manners, I consented, of course.

An hour later, their mission accomplished, I learned that their native galaxy was a bit closer than I’d originally thought, namely Eldorado High School, Eldorado, TX. Also, far from being exceedingly talented shapeshifters, they were in fact two students and a guidance counselor.

Their high school club, the Space Cowboys Program, had that morning sent up a space probe with a GPS device, a camera, and computer items. The probe was attached to a weather balloon to get it aloft...20 miles into space!...and a parachute to help it descend unscathed. Before the launch, the students had calculated the probe’s ascent and descent paths and knew when and pretty close to where it was to land: Mason. It turned out to be my property! Hence, my alien visitors!

If you would like to see behind-the-scenes photos of the students and this program, you can access their Facebook page at Eldorado-Space-Program-The-League-of-Extraordinary-Space-Cowboys. Also, the Schleicher Co. ISD web site will allow you to click onto the Space Cowboys Program. The photos taken by the probe are wonderful; I especially like the one that is half black outer space and half clouds/earth, with a thin line of blue sky visible. You can see how delicate and defenseless our protecting sky is. Enjoy!

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