Christmas and science DO go together!
Earlier this year, two brothers from Spokane, WA decided to use a little science when it came to disposing of their Christmas tree. Instead of laying it out for the garbage collector to pick it up, they decided to be a little more creative.
Launch it like a rocket!
John and Jeremy Ulmen had to do a lot of math in order to figure out everything from proper thrust, aerodynamics, gravity, and velocity to get the tree to launch correctly. John was a Ph.D candidate at Stanford specializing in robotic control systems, so I'm sure his parents are so happy he was able to put that Standford education to good use.
I'm hoping for 2011, they add a little pazazz to the show. Maybe add a couple reindeer and Santa with his sleigh to the tree when they send it into orbit.
Enjoy their Christmas tree launch below.