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Lego Space Shuttle Launched

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18-year-old Raul Oaida has taken his love of Lego's to new heights.

The Romanian teenager teamed up with Australian space buff Steven Sammartino to send a Lego replica of the iconic shuttle back into space; the original idea of using a Buzz Light Year figure had to be scrapped because it was too heavy.

The next issue was keeping the lego pieces together in the unpredictable weather that many miles above earth; Oaida relied on superglue to keep the 180-piece vessel intact.

The team launched the giant helium balloon, camera, GPS and lego shuttle from a field in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. The craft made it 22 miles into space, capturing the incredible video above; it was aloft for a total of 6 hours and landed about 150 miles from its launching point.

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