Potato launched into spaceNovember 19th, 2010 - 8:38 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
New York, Nov 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The race to be the first to get into space might have passed but there is another space race. This time, the race is between schoolchildren. One such group of schoolchildren has managed to send potato into space.
Schoolchildren from Landscove C of E Primary School managed the feat when they dressed the potato as Father Christmas. The dressed potato was then positioned in the “space” shuttle before it was launched. The shuttle which was named, Spudnik2 was tied to a balloon and a camera was then attached to it.
When the shuttle was launched from the Devon local car park, it managed to ascend to a height of 90,000 feet before the helium weather balloon burst sending the shuttle coming down with the provided parachute from space. The shuttle was however recovered thanks to the GPS that was attached to the shuttle. The shuttle was found at some 140 miles away from Hampshire. The students and the teachers were ecstatic when they realized that the shuttle managed to take some pictures during the expedition.
The school authorities revealed that the experience have been very good for the schoolchildren. the shuttle was named Spudnik2 because the first Spudnik craft failed.
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