Art, Space

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A floral arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies, and irises, among other blossoms.
A floral arrangement of orchids, hydrangeas, lilies, and irises, among other blossoms.
A bonsai in space.
A bonsai in space.

So far, we’ve only seen humans and members of the animal kingdom go to space.

Makoto Azuma, a Japanese artist, recently sent a bonsai—a 50-year-old white pine—and a bouquet of flowers into the stratosphere. Each was attached to a device, made from Styrofoam and a very light metal frame.

To accomplish the feat, titled, “Exobiotanica,” he and a 10-person crew partnered with JP Aerospace, a Sacramento-based volunteer organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit.

The two botanical objects were launched separately, in two helium balloons, from Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.

The floral arrangement soared to 87,000 feet. The bonsai went to 92,000 feet, traveling up for 100 minutes until the balloon burst. Both devices were retrieved about five miles from the launch area. The bonsai and flowers, though, were never found.

h/t: T MAGAZINE

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