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Jan. 30 2012 2:48 PM

Teens Send Lego Man Into Space

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(A giant 'Lego' man waves at the Legoland Dicovery Centre in Duisburg on April 17, 2008.)

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Two Canadian teenagers have proved they’ve got the right stuff, after successfully launching a Lego man into space.

According to the Toronto Star, Matthew Ho and Asad Muhammed were inspired by a YouTube video of MIT students who sent a balloon to near space. After four and a half months of work, Ho and Muhammed completed a lightweight Styrofoam box carrying three point-and-shoot cameras, a wide-angle video camera, and a cellphone so they could track the project via GPS. They bought a professional weather balloon, filled it with helium from a party supply store and launched their ship, its little astronaut, and a Canadian flag.

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The craft took about an hour to reach 80,000 feet, high enough to view the curvature of the earth, before the balloon popped and Mr. Legonaut headed home on a hand-sewn parachute. Nice work guys! Let’s just hope NASA’s budget never gets this miniature.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.

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