Image from “Sputnik 2010: A Geocache Odyssey”“Sputnik 2010: A Geocache Odyssey” (GC2JPJJ) offers adventurers one of the joys of geocaching: an amazing story. This geocache literally traveled through space before being hidden in North Carolina.On December 18th, team GAIAcaching hosted an event to launch a geocache into orbit. Team member Woyi organized the event. It’s only the third time a geocache container has traveled out of the earth’s atmosphere. The first geocache in space (GC1G3H2) was launched from the West Coast of the United States and has since been disabled. The second geocache in space resides aboard the International Space Station (GC1BE91).More than 30 geocachers attended “Event Horizon!” to watch the geocache, containing Travel Bugs®, a H.D. camera, two Android phones along with a geocoin and other items lift into space carried by a giant inflatable balloon.The geocache that traveled into spacePreparing for flightThe launch zone marks the first stage for this difficulty two, terrain three Multi-Cache. After it lifted off, the geocache traveled approximately 124 miles. According to GAIAcaching team member, Waya, the balloon climbed to an altitude of 101,001 feet. During the decent Waya tells Latitude 47 the balloon reached a velocity of 130 miles an hour.The landing zone is the final stage. The balloon touched down on private property. The team lead from GAIAcaching, e6c, worked with the land owner to allow geocachers access to find the cache.The cache page instructs geocachers to let the homeowner know you’re geocaching for artifacts from space in his backyard. The balloon which carried the geocache also remains at the site for posterity.Continue your exploration with some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching in Space FAQOctober 9, 2013In “Community”The First Geocaching First-to-Find in SpaceNovember 18, 2013In “Community”January Featured Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsJanuary 9, 2013In “Community”
Ajinkya Rahane has been the most prolific scorer in the ODI series.Series already in their pocket, a rampaging India would look to keep the foot on the pedal and press for a clean sweep when they take on England in the fifth and final ODI in Headingley on Friday.In a remarkable turnaround following their humiliation in the preceding Test series, India have called the shots in the ODI series, in which England have struggled to match the visitors be it in batting, bowling or fielding.Both Ravi Shastri and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will look to end this series on a winning note. And they should be successful in their bid because England haven’t really put up a worthy challenge in any of the matches.To make matters worse, their captain Cook doesn’t want to accept that selection or strategy is at fault in this defeat. This claim is despite the fact that they have been very reluctant to play both Moeen Ali and James Tredwell together in the same eleven. Opener Alex Hales has been found out already against the in-swinging delivery. The middle-order is in shambles despite ian bell moving down to number three and he is unavailable for the last game due to the toe injury that forced him to miss the last game as well.In effect, this has meant easygoing for the Indian bowlers. Time and again, Dhoni has stressed that his bowlers – especially the medium-pacers need to get better in the death overs when the opposition has wickets in hand.advertisementIf there is one big positive to come out of this series for the line-up, then it is in the new opening pairing of Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan. Dhoni had hinted that going ahead it could mean that Rohit Sharma – when he returns – will possibly bat at number four.If that is true, then India in their ongoing preparations for the World Cup need to strengthen their middle-order once again. Rahane moving up means they have one less option. Ambati Rayudu has done well in the limited opportunities afforded, but the think-tank will do well to give Sanju Samson a run-in as well.This dead-rubber also gives India a chance to rest Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami and present Umesh Yadav and Karn Sharma a much-wanted go at the opposition.However, in the past, the India team management has been very reluctant in handing out rest to over-worked bodies. It remains to be seen if the newly-appointed director of cricket will have a say and bring about a change this time around, particularly keeping the 2015 World Cup in mind.