School kids send cuddly toy on a space mission


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It’s a small, cuddly dog attached to a giant balloon…


This amazing footage shows Sam the pooch on a one-dog voyage into outer space - but don’t worry, he’s only a toy dog!

 

The cuddly mutt was sent on his mission by students at Morecambe Bay Community primary school as part of a science project.


Morecambe Bay Community Primary School send cuddly toy on a space mission

Attached to a huge helium balloon (much bigger than your average!) and armed with a GoPro camera, little Sam was released from the Midland Hotel in Morecambe at 12:05pm on Tuesday 5 April - to a chorus of cheers from his classmates.

 

The fluffy explorer rose at a rate of 6m per second and managed to reach an altitude of 15.5 miles (25km!) before descending back to Earth - and what a view he got!

 

The balloon, which was designed to burst at a certain altitude, drifted back down to Earth via parachute and landed in a field near Burnley, with all the equipment still attached. 


Morecambe Bay Community Primary School send cuddly toy on a space mission

Blast off! Sam takes off from the Morecambe Hotel.


All except, that is, little Sam - who despite being fitted with a GPS tracker, hasn’t been found since.

 

“Unfortunately Sam became detached upon his descent and has now gone missing,” said Trudi Wilkinson, Business Manger at the school. “We have a rough idea where he landed from the data recorded, but have 340 very worried children about our intrepid Sam.”

 

As a result, the school’s local radio station has now started a FindSam campaign to return the courageous canine to his hometown. 

 

Fingers crossed the daredevil doggy returns home safe and sound! 


Morecambe Bay Community Primary School send cuddly toy on a space mission

Sam sent this incredible footage back to ground control!


 

Have you seen Sam? What did you make of his trip into space? Let us know by leaving a comment, below!


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