Astronomy may be hard science, but there’s always been a whiff of Disney about it too. What else beyond enchantment could explain the ice volcanoes on Neptune’s moon Triton, the helium rain in the atmosphere of Jupiter, the beads of colored glass scattered across the surface of the moon
Six-year-old Falcon Heene was cowering inside the attic above his family’s garage. He had gotten in trouble several hours earlier for playing inside the family’s homemade helium balloon and told his 10-year-old brother Bradford that he planned to sneak inside.
The family of a boy who set adrift a balloon in Colorado was known for storm chasing and conducting extreme science experiments together, according to the father’s MySpace page.