DEC 17, 2017 7:19 AM PST

Video: Bro and Sis Launch Toys Into Space

WRITTEN BY: Julia Travers

Nine-year-old Oscar Adams and his 6-year-old sister Layla of the UK sent a Blox Spaceman and ship they built up into space; over 23 miles up and about three times higher than most airplanes fly. Karen Jefferys, the senior toy buyer for Wilko toys, set up the experience for the two young science enthusiasts with help from an aeronautics company called SentintoSpace in Sheffield, England.

"We like it because we get to watch fun experiments ... I find space really interesting," Oscar explains. He's a big fan of Tim Peake, the first British citizen to go to the ISS. Layla says she wants to be an astronaut one day.

A space balloon filled with a precise amount of hydrogen took the rocket man up to the edge of space and back on a trip that took about two and a half hours. It captures some beautiful footage of Earth from above during the journey.
About the Author
  • Julia Travers is a writer, artist and teacher. She frequently covers science, tech, conservation and the arts. She enjoys solutions journalism. Find more of her work at jtravers.journoportfolio.com.
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