Toronto teens send Lego Minifig up 78,000 feet

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23 Responses to “Toronto teens send Lego Minifig up 78,000 feet”

  1. Andrew Singleton says:

    An inspiring thing.

  2. orwell says:

    amazing project and footage…  if NASA and the US government were involved, it’d cost millions…  and probably not work!

  3. nexusheli says:

    Good thing they’re in Canada; flying something at 70,000ft with the name “Asad Muhammad” would get you indefinitely detained here in ‘merica.

    • L_Mariachi says:

      You may think you’re kidding, but from the article:  “The site kept spitting out Rochester, N.Y., as their balloon’s final landing spot. Muhammad and Ho didn’t like their chances with U.S. Homeland Security.”

      • Unanimous Cowherd says:

        The ugly truth of this makes me so sad…America is on a long slow painful decline if we accept this as “how it is”. I’m ashamed.

  4. Nadreck says:

    One small step for Lego Man….

  5. xzzy says:

    This does give me a new life goal, to send my Galaxy Explorer into space with a weather balloon.

    Downside: I’d probably have to glue it together, I seriously doubt it could survive any amount of turbulence without falling to pieces. 

  6. Graysmith says:

    Should’ve been a Classic Space spaceman though, dammit!

  7. Colin White says:

    I’m so proud of Canada’s space program right now… 

  8. kartwaffles says:

    Freakin’ awesome. Good job, dudes!

  9. drukqs says:

    My favorite part is how they launched the balloon and then went home and made dumplings. CBC represent!

    • MetalPorkchop says:

      Speaking of CBC, they’re proposing massive cuts in the upcoming fed budget, even though they promised to maintain or increase the funds.  I contacted my Conservative MP, and got a letter back – just a whack of blah blah blah, with no real results.  There was also talk of selling the CBC to an American corporation.  Fools!  The CBC, and our healthcare system, are the best things we have right now.

  10. Colin White says:

    No doubt this will help Canada one up Newt and go for a permanent colony on Mars by 2020… 

  11. Bill Walsh says:

    That Mathew Ho is a slick motherfucker.

  12. nexusheli says:

    I wish I really had been kidding.  Hell, your name could be Bob Smith, doing something like this in the US these days would definitely bring the FBI or worse knocking on your door.

  13. JohnOCFII says:

    I’d love to know more about the details of how they packaged their cameras, and why they waited a week before retrieving the package.  I would have thought the cell phone/GPS battery would have died down such that they might not have found the package.

  14. niktemadur says:

    Echoes of Kittinger’s iconic self-portrait:

  15. Timothy... says:

    This is great!!! Two high school kids.. WOW!  Good job guys!

  16. Two Wolves says:

    Guess who won the science fair…

    Serious props to these two fine young men.

  17. realityhater says:

    brilliantly executed !  extremely  impressive !  how did they clear the flight path or be sure it would not interfere with the flight paths of  other aircraft ? 

  18. Unanimous Cowherd says:

    Good job to these two brilliant Canadians. Bright futures for both, I’m sure.

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