Video: Launch of a Lego Space Shuttle

by Nancy Atkinson on March 5, 2012

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While it didn’t quite make it to space, this Lego space shuttle got quite a ride on a weather balloon, reaching 35,000 meters (35 km, 21 miles) above Earth’s surface. “My Lego tribute to the end of the space shuttle era,” wrote Vinciverse on You Tube, “proving that although retired, this machine can still fly, albeit in toy form.”

The launch took place from central Germany using a 1,600 g helium balloon. The equipment included a GoPro Hero video camera, a Spot GPS and of course Lego Space Shuttle model 3367. The flight was apparently cleared with German air traffic control.

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Bernard Gilbert March 6, 2012 at 12:12 AM

So did it break apart on impact or were they able to land it intact?

Bernard Gilbert March 6, 2012 at 12:12 AM

So did it break apart on impact or were they able to land it intact?

Steve Sammartino March 6, 2012 at 9:06 AM

It landed in tact. I did it. We found it via GPS tracking. Luck for us it landed in the snow…

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