You may have heard some mutterings about EA and BioWare launching copies of Mass Effect 3 into spaaaaaaaaaaace. No, this isn’t for science (you monster). This is for the hunting of the swag!

That’s right, you can get one of these very limited (very EARLY) copies of Mass Effect 3 if you are an intrepid adventurer. You can start tracking the copies, attached to high altitude weather balloons starting with the very first launch, tomorrow (February 23) in San Francisco. Of course, with Commander Shepard flying so high without a ship (because that worked out so well last time), you may be wondering how you’ll be able to predict where he’ll be touching down.

Using GPS and HD cameras, the equipment will rocket into the stratosphere with the assistance of a team of students from the Texas A&M and led by Dr. Ben Longmier of the University of Houston. Dr. Longmier is a member of Project Aether, a program that promotes accessible space exploration for high school and college students. Wait a minute… this IS for science (you monster). And, just in case you were wondering what was going to happen to all of this cutting edge tech after the promotion is over, you’ll be happy to know that it will traveling with the student launch team to Fairbanks, Alaska, where they will be studying the Aurora Borealis.

OK, but enough awesome astronomy talk. If you want to get your hands on the early copies of Mass Effect 3, head on over to www.masseffect.com/space. There, you can read the rules for entry and, for those of us that are content to get our Collector’s Editions on March 6, simply check out some amazing views of the earth from the balloons.

Mass Effect 3 launches (ok, now that just seems like a bad choice of words) on March 6 (and, apparently, tomorrow) for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.