Earlier this year, two Toronto high school students, Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, launched a tiny LEGO man to the very edges of space itself. Thankfully the crafty duo strapped a camera to the balloon, allowing us to enjoy the LEGO man’s epic journey.
Near the apex of the journey, the familiar blue sky gives way to an inky black, just before the balloon bursts and Ho’s and Muhammad’s rig starts its descent. The video and equipment eventually were recovered after falling back down to Earth.
An astrophysicist at the University of Toronto, Michael Reid, said what Ho and Muhammad were able to achieve is extraordinary.
“There are people that are doing it, but I haven’t seen many examples of 17-year-old kids doing it,” Reid said. “It’s a pretty impressive accomplishment.”