Canadian teens send Lego Man to space
Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
January 26, 2012 — It started out as a cool idea. Now, two teenagers from Toronto are garnering National attention after sending a Lego Man to the edge of the Earth's atmosphere.
Ho and Muhammad successfully sent this Lego Man 24 km into the sky, to the edge of the earth's atmosphere
Two Ontario teenagers have become overnight YouTube sensations, thanks to their Lego Man's mission into space.
Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, both 17, successfully sent a balloon carrying a Lego man and a small Canadian flag to the edge of Earth's atmosphere. Using a home-stitched parachute and equipment they found on Craigslist, the students managed to send the plastic figurine 24 km into the air.
Ho and Muhammad launched the device, which included the Lego Man, balloon, cameras and GPS, from a football pitch in Toronto. With the help of a homemade parachute, the device came back to earth and landed in a field near Rice Lake, about 120 km from the launch point.
The mission cost about $400.
Last year, two men in Britain also captured the world's attention when they discovered how to snap images of the earth from space using only a box, camera, tracking device and weather balloon.
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