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Video: Lego man makes landmark space flight ... and survives

Two Canadian teenagers have sent a Lego man into outer space using a homemade parachute and equipment bought on Craigslist.

Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, both 17, attached the plastic figurine to a helium balloon, which they sent 80,000 feet into the air.



The pair used four video cameras to capture the Lego man's entire journey, including his decent back to earth, which lasted 97 minutes.



The Lego man landed around 100km from his original take-off point.

Mathew Ho told the Toronto Star: "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?'" says Ho. "We'd be like, 'We're sending cameras to space.' They'd be like, 'Oh, okayyyyy '"

The boys, who conducted the experiment two weeks ago, received a letter of congratulations from Lego.

"We are always amazed by the creative ways in which Lego fans use our products, and humbled by how many unsuspecting places we appear, like attached to a helium balloon in ...space," said the company's brand relations director, Michael McNally.



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