4.5 months of weekends and CA$400 well spent – excellent science project. Hurrah for Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad!
Two Canadian high school students have launched a Lego man almost 25 kilometres above sea level – high enough to capture video of the plastic toy hovering above the curvature of the Earth.
Read more: The Age
They used a commercial weather balloon to loft it, and a home-stitched parachute to land it. There’s more details and photos in this Daily Mail story.
Of course some people are saying it must be fake “because it would have burnt up on re-entry” – that’s not my understanding of what happens to equipment that is is descending from within the stratosphere with little angular momentum to shed – pretty damn sure it’s only objects which re-enter at speed from above the mesosphere that build up enough friction-heat to burn up. Any rocket scientists like to chime in?