Legos, those building blocks of creativity, never really lose their grip on our imaginations post-playtime. In addition to generating youthful magic moments, the beauty of the brick, we realize, lies in its atomic quality. Those same blocks, with which we built castles, pirate ships, and robots, can evolve into loads of things. We can make badass music videos like this one by a Ween fan. If someone has a taste for Sisyphean feats of patience, he or she can blow minds like builder Nathan Sawaya, who demands upwards of $20,000 for his Lego art. Or, like some dude in Germany whose YouTube alias is Vinciverse just did, we could attach a Lego space ship model 3367 to a weather balloon, set up a camera, and videotape its journey to the edge of our stratosphere.
“[This is] my Lego tribute to the end of the space shuttle era,” Vinciverse writes as part of the video’s description. “Proving that although retired, this machine can still fly, albeit in toy form.”
He posted the launch to the video website on Saturday, and claims the highest altitude reached by the toy was 35,000 meters, or about 22 miles.
Check out the view from this mini Enterprise below. It’s pretty awe-inspiring, even if the spacecraft’s not the 2,200-ton marvel Floridians are used to seeing get blasted out of this world. Plus, they’re LEGOS. In SPACE.