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08/18/2011 06:45 pm ET | Updated Oct 18, 2011

MakerBot Sends Stephen Colbert's Head Into Space (VIDEO)

In space, no one can hear you scream...or make fun of current events.

Not only did the clever people of MakerBot Industries, a startup that develops open-source hardware and is famous for its 3D printers, present Stephen Colbert with a 3D model of his head (one of their many New York celebrity 3D print outs) on his nightly show The Colbert Report, but they recently upped the ante by using a weather balloon to launch it into space.

Luckily for us, they attached a camera. They also attached a pay-as-you-go phone with a GPS tracking system so they could retrieve it after it landed.

According to MakerBot's blog, this marked the first mission of the new "MakerBot Space Program."

Next up: Barack Obama? Snooki? The possibilities are endless, as the MakerBot 3D printers can replicate just about anything. Take a look at their adorable gnome copier, and their spot-on Death Star (it's a trap!).