03Feb2012

  Lego Man In Space

A video posted on YouTube Wednesday appeared to show the amazing voyage of a Lego man sent into space on a homemade spacecraft by two Toronto students.

Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, both 17, used a weather balloon ordered online and a makeshift Styrofoam spacecraft to send the plastic astronaut 24 kilometers (15 miles) into the stratosphere, reports said.

Their high school principal Lecourgos Papathanasakis confirmed the “amazing voyage” to AFP, but neither of the teens was immediately available for comment.

An accelerated video clip posted online at tinyurl.com/836mggd shows highlights of the Lego man during his 97-minute odyssey.

Ultimately, he is seen holding a Canadian flag with the curvature of the Earth and the blackness of space in the background.

Canadian media said the pair had fitted a box tethered to the balloon with four cameras and a cellphone enabled with a GPS (global positioning system) device to capture the journey.

They then added a nylon parachute stitched on Muhammad’s mother’s sewing machine to ensure that Lego man would return to Earth safely.

The balloon was filled with helium purchased from a party supply store.

The whole enterprise cost less than $500.

The duo then consulted a website to calculate the estimated landing spot of the weather balloon based on launch coordinates, prevailing winds and other data before launching it from a soccer pitch in nearby Newmarket, Ontario.

At seven kilometers (four miles) in altitude, the balloon traveled out of cell phone range and the GPS signal also cut out, so they went home and reportedly made dumplings.

Then Ho’s iPad beeped. The Lego man had re-entered the atmosphere and touched down in a field 120 kilometers (75 miles) from the launch point. Source: Space Travel

 

 

 Is This A UFO Found In Baltic Sea?

A team of shipwreck hunters that found a strange circular object on the floor of the Baltic Sea in 2011 now says they have discovered visual evidence of a second “disc-like shape” some 200 meters from the original find, CNN reports. Peter Lindberg, who leads the group, previously joked to CNN that the first object they found 300 feet below the surface might be an unidentified flying object.

When the object, which has a diameter of 195 feet, was first discovered in June of last year, many believers thought it was a wrecked UFO that had crashed onto the seafloor and left behind a path of destruction measuring some 900 feet, according to News.com.au.

CNN explains how the team discovered the objects: The imaging technique involves pulling a sonar “towfish” — that essentially looks sideways underwater — behind a boat, where it creates sound echoes to map the sea floor below. The team is waiting until the spring to further investigate their intriguing discovery. Source; Weird News

A sonar image of the mysterious object. Credit: Ocean Explorer

A report from RT News Service said:

The remains of a UFO were reportedly found by a team of Swedish explorers carrying out a 92-meter-deep sonar survey of the Baltic Sea, the Daily Mail reported. Sea surveyors say they have found what can only be described as the wreckage of a crashed space ship, like the “Millennium Falcon” from “Star Wars.”

Photos of the ship immediately went viral on the internet, gathering thousands of clicks from UFO lovers. They are sure the finding could prove the existence of extraterrestrial life, as well as aliens’ interest in Earth.

The discovery is round, about 18 meters in diameter.The bottom surrounding “the ship” is all crumpled; it looks like the “flying saucer” tried to move upon reaching its final resting place.
The captain of the ship says he has never seen anything of the kind in his entire 18-year career.

He believes that the discovery is not a UFO, but rather a new Stonehenge.  The captain, however, remarked that the mystery may remain unsolved, as the group lacks funds to study the “saucer” in the deep. Source: RT News

Ocean Explorer the long version movie, UFO / USO

 

 

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