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Team Balloons

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Team Balloons showcases the development of a telescope which flies on a balloon high up in the atmosphere, to observe ultra violet light.


Ryan is an astrophysicist who is developing a telescope to fly on a balloon high up in the atmosphere, to observe ultra violet light. With this telescope, he will hunt for exploding stars, and massive colliding objects, like black holes, far off in the Universe. These detections will help us understand the fundamental physics behind these cosmic explosions and allow us to possibly find alien atmospheres.



Rose has illustrated an interpretation of Ryan's telescope design. While the real telescope will be unmanned, the exploring human represents the project's spirit of discovery, and his small, solitary body emphasises the vastness of the surrounding Universe. The balloon is also stylised to represent a black hole collision, one of the objects Ryan will search for.


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    We produce high quality shirts so you can wear them everyday and spark all of those science-ey conversations.

    Our shirts are made from a mid weight, 180 GSM, 100% combed cotton (aka a great shirt). They are also preshrunk to minimise shrinkage (phew).

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    To minimise our enviromental impact our shirts are printed on demand with water-based inks and are shipped in home-compostable packaging (yay compost!).


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