LEGO Space Shuttle Orbits Earth's Outer Atmosphere

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One dream is extinguished, sucked into a black hole, and another is born. What we're talking about is the end of NASA's Space Shuttle program, after over 30-years of missions, and the first ever LEGO space shuttle flight! Their overlapping isn't coincidental but planned, as the latter is in homage to the end of the long spanning space age. It's all documented on tape and available for you to enjoy after the jump!

The final flight of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program took place last year. On July 8, 2011, space shuttle Atlantis was launched. It went into orbit, re-entered Earth’s lower atmosphere, and descended as shuttles have done for 30-plus-years at America’s world renowned space agency. But with this final expedition went the space age and the possibility of turning our fascination with space travel into reality.

Perhaps we can consider the flight of the LEGO space shuttle, seen above, to be the last flight (disregarding the minor details – the fact the plane is made out of LEGO blocks, the fact that it was flown over German and not US air space, and the fact a large weather balloon that was manned by one person, whose feet were planted on the ground, was used to keep the miniature shuttle airborne).

To achieve this video, that is a homage to the space age, Lost At E Minor contributor and model rocket enthusiast Raul Oaida fastened a versatile GoPro Hero camera to the weather balloon to which he also attached the LEGO space shuttle.

Images via The Daily Mail

In case you were wondering, the famous orchestral piece that starts at 2:37, when the shuttle reaches it’s highest height of about 115,000 feet, is Richard Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra”. Also, for the full story of the LEGO space shuttle read the wittily titled post by Oaida 2001: A Brick Odyssey.

Information for this article was taken from this The FW article.

written by soundfoodaround on 2012-03-13 in #lifestyle #nasa #lego #2001-a-space-odyssey #orbit #space-shuttle #space-race #space-age

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