Toronto, Jan 29 (): Lego Man In Space is a new video that went viral on YouTube earlier this week and shows the amazing journey of a LEGO figure being launched thousands of feet in the air.
Lego Man is seen holding a Canadian flag while soaring through the clouds.
“After endless hours of hard work, we managed to capture stunning views of our atmosphere and put a ‘Lego’ man into near space,” reads the YouTube video’s caption.
The video is proving to be quite popular and has garnered over 1 million views since first being posted. Although many enjoyed Lego Man’s flight into the unknown, one viewer voiced his concerns—such launches could interfere with aviation safety.
Lego Man in Space was the project of 17-year-olds, Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad. These two Toronto teenagers recently sent a helium-filled weather balloon into near space, 24 kilometres above the earth. Its cargo included a Lego man with cameras mounted to a Styrofoam box that captured the breath-taking journey.
Lego man was making his way to 90,000 feet but the balloon burst and at 85,000 feet, Lego Man in Space made his descent. The spacecraft landed about 120 kilometres away from the launch site, where the boys later picked it up.
The boys are working on releasing related videos soon, saying,”Full video of the building process, launch and retrieval are in the works” in the video’s YouTube description. For those interested in finding out more about Lego Man In Space, he even has his own Facebook page now.
A member of the Air Canada Pilots Association says the biggest concern would be lack of notification to the users of air space as most weather balloons are launched from known sites. If other balloons are sent up, it could pose a concern to aviation.
Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad searched online to make sure they were informed about the proper use of weather balloons and weren’t doing anything dangerous or illegal.
“We got very lucky that nothing happened because there is always the possibility that something could go wrong,” Ho said.
For those contemplating recreating Lego man’s voyage, Ho had a suggestion.
“Try not to copy us,” Ho said. “Pursue other creative interests and do your own thing and follow the rules.”
The pair conducted the flight as a hobby, Mr. Ho said, adding he was happy they could share the images that came back. But he said having an idea is one thing – making it work is the hard part.
“You have to put your ideas into motion and get working,” he said. “Dream big and you never know what’s possible.”