[PHOTOS] National Geographic Sends ‘Up’-Inspired Floating House into Atmosphere

We missed this one back in March of this year, but we think it’s worth a share, even though we’re nine months late. The photos are really what make it.

In what may be one of the coolest things ever, National Geographic constructed a balloon-powered house (like the one in the Disney-Pixar movie ‘Up’), and sent it up into the sky yesterday. From a private airfield east of Los Angeles, CA, a team of NatGeo scientists, engineers, and balloonists, launched the house (16’x16′, 8′ tall). It was carried upwards by 300 8′ weather balloons.

The craft was registered temporarily as N878UP. Check out the incredible pictures below. (H/T to My Modern Metropolis)

 

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