Bizarro for science, yeah!
Thanks to the kind people at the Wimpy this morning, Tom got himself a helium balloon. So in an effort to quell the rambunctious boredom of children that often hits late on the weekend…
(By the way, whatever happened to the days of my youth when children lived under the threat of a beating with the Sunday supplements if they dared make a sound while the old people had a lie-in on Sunday afternoons? Thomas doesn’t seem to understand the concept of how Sundays and Dad on the couch work.)
…Tom and his dad decided to establish the Bizarro Aeronautical and Space Administration (BASA for short) and have a little fun with science. We decided to launch the balloon (with a paper ballooning enthusiast on board) to the moon…
Lesley (? – I have no idea, he was christened by Tom…) was our brave spaceman, who looked good at first, but had to undergo some emergency streamlining and amputation procedures in order to get him a little lighter in the loafers and off the ground.
In colourful crayoned apparel, our paper-thin Felix Baumgartner was safely strapped onto his ride with masking tape and with an attached message of greeting and goodwill to the man on the moon, affectionately named Mr Moon, (as well as a request to give us a tweet when he got this), the launch was prepared. The rest, as they say, is history.
Despite a hiccup in the countdown – we’re still working on basic numbers at the moment – the launch was a great success and maximum velocity for atmosphere exit was quickly established…however, due to an unexpected crosswind, Lesley was violently blown off course, and while he did not fail to lose speed and height, he was now heading, dangerously, towards the more seedier parts of Snor City.
Last seen, our aircraft was a mere blip upon the blue sky, in other words, he was frikkin high, bro…literally.
What would become of our brave paper-thin Gargurin?
Watch the vid for details and stay tuned for any news on our intrepid traveller and whether our message will be received.
If anything, the one winner today was undoubtedly science.