Lego Man in Space

Jessica Johnston
26 January 2012

Two Toronto high school students capture photos from space - with a Canadian twist!

Jessica Johnston

Jessica Johnston is the Manager for CurioCity & Web Strategy.  She started out in science (biology) before moving to IT, and now works with both! Passionate about promoting the awesome possibilities of both fields, she is also an admitted web geek.


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Avatar  s.taylor

Hi:

This is really neat, but since the balloon 'only' reached an altitude of around 25km (80,000 feet), it's far short of the accepted definitions of space, which start at either 80km or 100km. The US Air Force defines the boundary of 'space' as 50 miles/80km above the Earth's surface and awards astronaut's wings based on exceeding that altitude, while the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale), the international body that recognizes aviation records, uses 100km/62 miles above the Earth's surface, the "Karman Line" (named after engineer and physicist Theodore von Karman), as the official definition of spaceflight.

For more information, see http://www.fai.org/fai-documents#, Sporting Code Section 8 , Astronautic Records, section 2.18.1: "All flights must exceed an altitude of 100 km in order to qualify for records."

In 2005, NASA retroactively awarded astronaut's wings to three pilots who flew the X-15 research aircraft in the 1960s: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/news/X-Press/stories/2005/102105_Wings.html

So, while this is a great achievement and the pictures make it look like space, this Lego Man only made it 1/3 of the way to space and thus didn't earn his astronaut's wings. However, there are Lego people in space: specially made Lego figures of Jupiter, Juno and Galileo are on board the Juno space probe, currently on its way to the planet Jupiter.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/news/lego20110803.html

Cheers,

Scott

Avatar  joaquin12

Lego+Space=Awesome video.