Nerds launch Star Wars X-Wing Fighter into space and totally win the Internet

With a weather balloon and a dream, two amateur astronomers soared a model X-Wing Fighter into near space (20 miles above the earth’s surface), capturing the whole thing on video.


The high-altitude flight of the X-wing (a ubiquitous spaceship design from the “Star Wars” universe) was chronicled in a video produced by amateur near-space photographers, and posted to YouTube last Thursday (April 23). In the video, which is scored with the iconic “Star Wars” theme song , the toy ship can be seen dangling high enough above the planet’s atmosphere for the darkness of space to be seen, even though the sun is also visible.

Turns out the video is a shameless attempt by the creators to get tickets to the premier of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” opening this December.


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