A group of 18 teenagers from Nevada decided to one-up NASA and properly send the Space Core into near space. Well, a plushy version of him anyway.
Last week, NASA sent a panel to the International Space Station engraved with an image resembling the ‘Portal 2’ antagonist with the caption ‘In spaaaaaaace’.
The above image is the just before the weather balloon carrying the Space Core (and Energizer Buddy; a nod to the company that supplied the power source) burst at about 91,000 feet reports Kotaku. The picture is blurry because the balloon just passed through a cloud.
The teenagers responsible for this amazing task are taking part in a summer program for gifted middle and high school students. One student named Jake enrolled in a class called ‘Project: Space’ with the goal of sending up two weather balloons.
After reading the NASA story, Jake and the rest of the students agreed on sending a Space Core into space.
“In the first week, I found out that the majority of the class were huge Portal and Portal 2 fans when we sung both ‘Still Alive’ and ‘Want You Gone’ from memory,” Jake told Kotaku.
Jake wrote Valve, the developer of the ‘Portal’ games, and was quickly encouraged to continue with their plan. Valve sent them the Space Core plushy and the rest is history.
You can find out what these smart kids are up to next via their Facebook page, Flying Apple Space Technologies.
A Space Core is not the first video game memorabilia to be sent into space. Earlier this year, the developers of ‘Mass Effect 3’ sent copies of the game into space via weather balloon and encouraged gamers to track and catch a copy to play and keep.