Missing in Space: Sam the Space Dog!

The search is on for a stuffed animal that was launched into orbit -- and didn't come back.

Sam, the toy space dog, was attached to a helium balloon, and sent to the edge of space. It was part of a London primary school's science project. The Go-Pro camera and GPS tracker that went up with him plunged back into the atmosphere... But there's been no sign of Sam. The hashtag #findsam is trending on social media, and some parents at the school have created a Facebook page to spread the word.

According to flight data, Sam reached an altitude of more than 15 miles above the earth before the balloon popped.

Sam is said to be the first toy dog astronaut sent on a mission to reach the edge of space.

Instructional Links

Website Article: UK High Altitude Society, A Beginners Guide to High Altitude Ballooning


Website Article: CNN: #Findsam: UK Kds Launch Search for Plush Dog Sent to Space


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