Japanese artist Azuma Makato sends bonsai and flower arrangement to the edge of space
Japanese artist Azuma Makato has sent a bonsai tree and a variety of flowers into the upper atmosphere
The 38-year-old from Tokyo flew out to Nevada to launch the mission with the help of a 10-person crew
The two separate structures were sent to the edge of space using two helium balloons
Cameras were also attached to both structures to capture stunning photography against the darkness of space
Both rose to a height of about 17 miles (27km) before the balloons popped and they plummeted back to Earth
JOURNEY TO THE EDGE OF SPACE
World View Enterprises is offering balloon flights to the ‘edge of space’ for £45,000 ($75,000).
Beginning in 2016, the Arizona-based company will take paying customers in a pressurised capsule to a height of 19 miles (30 kilometres).
In 2016 the parafoil, together with a high-altitude balloon, will be used to take pressurised capsules known as ‘Voyagers’ on trips to the edge of space.
This will give six passengers two hours of ‘cruising’ during which they will be free to stroll around the ‘luxury’ capsule – which even has a bar and internet access.