26 Jan '12, 1am

Canadian high school students send Lego man into space on $500 homemade spacecraft

OTTAWA (AFP) - A video posted on YouTube on Wednesday appeared to show the amazing voyage of a Lego man sent into space on a homemade spacecraft by two Toronto students. Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, both 17, used a weather balloon ordered online and a makeshift Styrofoam spacecraft to send the plastic astronaut 24km into the stratosphere, reports said. Their high school principal Lecourgos Papathanasakis confirmed the 'amazing voyage' to AFP, but neither of the teens was immediately available for comment. An accelerated video clip posted online at tinyurl.com/836mggd shows highlights of the Lego man during his 97-minute odyssey. Ultimately, he is seen holding a Canadian flag with the curvature of the Earth and the blackness of space in the background. Canadian media said the pair had fitted a box tethered to the balloon with four cameras and a cellphone enabled with a GPS ...

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