Teens Launch Lego Man Way, Way Up There

Video captures weather balloon flight above Earth
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Suggested by eric1982a
Posted Jan 28, 2012 4:23 PM CST

Two Toronto teens have launched a Lego Man to startling new heights: 14 miles above sea level, to be exact. Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammad attached him to a weather balloon that soared about three times higher than your typical airliner. The 97-minute flight came down softly by parachute some 62 miles away, where Ho and Muhammad tracked it down by GPS. The best part: their video of Lego man glued to a gangplank above planet Earth, the New York Daily News reports.

"People would walk into the house and see us building this fantastical thing with a parachute from scratch, and they would be like, 'What are you doing?" Ho says. "We'd be like, 'We're sending cameras to space.' They'd be like, 'Oh, okayyyyy.'" (More Lego stories.)

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