LEGO Minifigures head into space for photography mission

A camera is being launched 20 miles into the atmosphere to take photos of Earth, and the two LEGO men will be on board
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Two LEGO Minifigures are off to space on a photo-taking mission next month, reports the Metro.

A camera is being launched 20 miles into the atmosphere to take photos of Earth, and the two LEGO men will be on board for the three-hour journey.

Jon Chippindall and Ian Cunningham created the device which includes a weather balloon, a parachute and HD camera and also designed the LEGO men to look similar to them.

The camera will take photographs of the Earth from the edge of space and after the balloon expands to seven metres, it will burst, a parachute will open and the Lego men and camera will head back to Earth.

"We were struck with how relatively straight forward it is to get pictures back from the edge of space, it’s a relatively simple engineering project," said Chippindall.

"We really want to encourage schools and extra-curricular clubs to give it a go because it’s really do-able but you get fantastic results back if, hopefully, we recover our camera. It combines lots of disciplines, including physics, computing and chemistry."

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