A Lego man has successfully gone where no Lego man has gone before – the edge of space and back down.
It’s all thanks to two friends, teacher Jon Chippindall, 31 and entrepreneur Ian Cunningham, 29, who met while studying aerospace engineering at Manchester University. Together, they created a homemade probe called The Meteor, that was attached to a balloon and sent into the stratosphere (or to the edge of it) with Lego Man and camera equipment all together.
The craft was launched from Mold in North Wales on Wednesday.
Within two hours it had reached 90,000ft above the Earth – three times the height of Mount Everest – where the balloon burst and the camera plunged back down.
It’s an exciting feat for both men.
“It was really exhilarating to know that this thing had been to the edge of space and come back down, and that the technology had worked as it was supposed to,” Chippindall enthusiastically told media.
Cunningham added, ““We knew we would get some pictures back from space, but didn’t expect anything as good as those.”