As a tribute to the end of the Space Shuttle program, a YouTuber going by the handle vinciverse used a LEGO Space Shuttle kit to make a shuttle, he then attached it to a helium balloon, hooked up a camera, and watched as the shuttle flew into the upper reaches of the atmosphere. Here’s vinciverse’s description of the launch:
My Lego tribute to the end of the space shuttle era. Proving that although retired, this machine can still fly, albeit in toy form.
The launch took place from central Germany and reached a max altitude of 35000m. A 1600g meteo balloon filled with helium was used alongside a GoPro Hero, Spot GPS and of course Lego Space Shuttle model 3367.
The launch took place on the 31st of December 2011, the equipment was recovered via GPS tracking 240 km S-E from a remote area.
Click on the above link to go to the page and see the video...you could also find it on youtube.
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