With Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens set to be released on December 2015 two amateur astronomers from Essex, England (Matt Kingsnorth and Phil St. Pier) decided to Launch a model X-Wing into the Earth’s Stratosphere using a weather balloon in order to win two VIP tickets to the premiere.
Both Kingsnorth & St. Pier are both part of Project Helium Tears. Project Helium Tears uses weather balloons to take photos of Earth by using Go-pros The duo spent around £1,200 ($1,820) of their own money to send the model approximately 22.3 miles into the sky.
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