Unlike other LEGO Space Shuttle models collecting dust on bookshelves, Romanian space enthusiast Raul Oaida “filled a weather balloon with helium and rigged it with a GPS device and a high-definition camera, launching on New Year’s Eve from a field in central Germany; he used the GPS to recover the device 240 kilometers south of where it launched.” Continue reading for a video.

The tiny shuttle’s max altitude was 35,000 meters, or roughly 21 miles, merely a fraction of the 200-odd miles the real thing used to attain on a semi-regular basis. But it’s nice to once again see this shape in front of a dark horizon, isn’t it?

[via PopSci]