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Britain shocks the world and lunches first teddy bears into space

These incredible pictures show four teddies boldly going where no bear has gone before - to the edge of space with the aid of a giant helium balloon.

The cuddly astronauts were decked out in custom-made space suits and blasted 19 miles above Earth on a two-hour expedition.

The soft toys MAT and KMS were named after the first initials of the pupils who helped make their space suits.

Along with their two intrepid colleagues, they were strapped to a beam attached to a foam-padded box containing instrumentation and cameras on Monday.

After rising to an altitude of around 100,000ft, a webcam caught their 'space-walk' for posterity before the helium balloon burst.

They then fell to Earth before a parachute opened automatically to provide a soft landing.

During the 2 hour 9 minute flight the radio on board broadcast the location of the craft to a chase team on the ground.


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Added: Dec-4-2008 Occurred On: Dec-4-2008
By: Panda07
Tags: UK, Space race, Teddy Bears, NASA
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