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An 18-year-old schoolboy has given NASA a run for their money by launching a Lego shuttle into the stratosphere.
Amateur space buff Raul Oaida incredibly managed to send the £30 craft soaring 22 miles into the sky to the edge of space, with the help of a giant helium balloon.
The teen enlisted the assistance of Australian entrepreneur Steven Sammartino, 38, on the project after the pair met on a social networking site.
The vessel was in the atmosphere for a total of six hours and the project cost a total of £1,900 — a pinprick compared to the £124billion spent by the US on sending shuttles into space.
Project partner Mr Sammartino said he hopes the launch will help stop preconceptions that mega bucks are needed to fund space projects.
AN 18-year-old schoolboy has given NASA a run for their money by launching a Lego shuttle into the stratosphere.