Four teddy bears, fully decked out in custom-made spacesuits, were launched to the edge of space this week as part of of a British university experiment.
Blasting off from Cambridge University's Churchill College on Monday, they were attached to a helium balloon and fitted with multiple cameras, a GPS receiver, flight computer and radio for the two-hour flight, which them rise 30 kilometers above sea level.
The spacesuits were designed by local schoolchildren, as part of a project to engage youths in science and engineering organized by the Cambridge University Spaceflight student club. CU Spaceflight said the aim of the experiment was to find out which of the four spacesuits, each designed by a different group of students, best insulated the cuddly toys from the -53 degrees Celsius space temperature.
A Cambridge University spokeswoman noted: "No treasured possessions were endangered at all during this experiment." (what a funny comment!)