Lego man in space by 2 Toronto teens goes viral (Video)

By on Jan 28, 2012 in North America, Science Comments

A so-called Lego man in space was recently launched by two Toronto teens, as shown in the video below, which was made only for fun and not as school project.

Lego man, while in space
Image Credit: Mathew Ho/YouTube

According to The Star, a Canadian news site on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, teens Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, both 17, Grade 12 students at Agincourt Collegiate Institute created the Lego man.

As noted in the report, the Toronto teens spend four months to design the Lego man, which reached 78,000 feet (around 24 kilometers) high above sea level via a homemade weather balloon and returned back to Earth 97 minutes later.

The Lego man space flight altitude, which is noted to be nearly three times the cruising altitude of a commercial aircraft, was monitored by four cameras miles above the earth, with the space project costing to $400 via the student’s money.

“People would walk into the house and see us building this fantastical thing with a parachute from scratch, and they would be like, ‘What are you doing?'” Mathew Ho told the paper in an interview, with the Lego man carrying a Canadian flag while traveling in space.

“We’d be like, ‘We’re sending cameras to space.’ They’d be like, ‘Oh, okayyyyy….'” Ho added, who worked with his classmate Muhammad with the planning and building the Lego man in his home at Scarborough.

“By no means are we, like, seamstresses. We broke like, what, four needles? It was ridiculous.” Ho explained, referring to the customized parachute that carried the Lego man to space.

“We never knew it would be this good. We didn’t really believe we could do it until we did.” Ho continued, congratulating his partner on the success of the Lego man space flight.

Lego man in space
Video Credit: Mathewmho/YouTube

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