Toronto teens send Lego man into space: video

Jan 25, 2012

A video posted on YouTube Wednesday appeared to show the amazing voyage of a Lego man sent into space on a homemade spacecraft by two Toronto students.

Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, both 17, used a ordered online and a makeshift Styrofoam spacecraft to send the plastic astronaut 24 kilometers (15 miles) into the , reports said.

Their high school principal Lecourgos Papathanasakis confirmed the "amazing voyage" to AFP, but neither of the teens was immediately available for comment.

An accelerated video clip posted online shows highlights of the Lego man during his 97-minute odyssey.

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Ultimately, he is seen holding a Canadian flag with the curvature of the Earth and the blackness of space in the background.

Canadian media said the pair had fitted a box tethered to the balloon with four cameras and a cellphone enabled with a GPS () device to capture the journey.

They then added a nylon parachute stitched on Muhammad's mother's sewing machine to ensure that Lego man would return to Earth safely.

The balloon was filled with helium purchased from a party supply store.

The whole enterprise cost less than $500.

The duo then consulted a website to calculate the estimated landing spot of the weather balloon based on launch coordinates, prevailing winds and other data before launching it from a soccer pitch in nearby Newmarket, Ontario.

At seven kilometers (four miles) in altitude, the traveled out of cell phone range and the also cut out, so they went home and reportedly made dumplings.

Then Ho's iPad beeped. The Lego man had re-entered the atmosphere and touched down in a field 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the launch point.

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Shadowyjackson
not rated yet Jan 25, 2012
What is that object in orbit at the 1 min mark?
Shifty0x88
not rated yet Jan 25, 2012
What is that object in orbit at the 1 min mark?


The Moon?!?! (not sure but maybe)

HAHAh what no iPhone??

Everyone seems to be doing this....
Straw_Cat
not rated yet Jan 25, 2012
Either a planet, or the moon- probably a planet like Venus, judging by size.
Blakut
not rated yet Jan 25, 2012
moon
PosterusNeticus
4.4 / 5 (7) Jan 25, 2012
It was the moon. If you ever see Venus looming that large in the sky you'll know you're about to have a bad day.
weirmeir
1 / 5 (2) Jan 25, 2012
Thee is no people on this earth more nationalistic than the Canadians. Have you ever had a Canadian friend that didn't have a maple leaf on something they wore - drove -lived in etc...
barakn
not rated yet Jan 25, 2012
This has been done so often that it's pretty much a cookie-cutter hobby. I'm not sure why this is news.
MarkyMark
5 / 5 (1) Jan 26, 2012
Thee is no people on this earth more nationalistic than the Canadians. Have you ever had a Canadian friend that didn't have a maple leaf on something they wore - drove -lived in etc...

Yea not like Americans are nationalistic!
laserfloyd
5 / 5 (1) Jan 26, 2012
I just wish his face had changed to :-o once the balloon popped. :)
gwrede
not rated yet Jan 26, 2012
Awwww. I got tears in my eyes. I've always wanted to do something like this, ever since I was a kid in the '60s.

Boy, does this Lego-man have a story to tell in the toy bin!!!
Xbw
1 / 5 (7) Jan 26, 2012
Awwww. I got tears in my eyes. I've always wanted to do something like this, ever since I was a kid in the '60s.

Boy, does this Lego-man have a story to tell in the toy bin!!!

Yeah like "haha suck on that Buzz Lightyear".

That object in the background was an alien craft btw. They were about to make first contact but then they saw the lego guy and decided we weren't ready.
antialias_physorg
not rated yet Jan 30, 2012
Yea not like Americans are nationalistic!

Amen. I've never seen so many flags, pins, murals, ... depicting the colors as in the US. As a german national (with the knowledge of at what time in our history we did a lot of flag waving) this always makes me feel queasy.

(National) pride is indistinguishable from hubris.

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