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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

(Newser) – 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.

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"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.'" (Read more Lego stories.)

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