Over the past few years, a number of people have sent objects into space via giant helium balloons. Hello Kitty, a LEGO space shuttle, and even Breaking Bad’s Walter White have all ascended to the cosmos – and now a Japanese artist has lifted the first bonsai tree into orbit! Azuma Makoto sent several floral arrangements into space and snapped mind bending images of the result.

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The 38-year-old artist from Tokyo used large helium balloons to send his two botanical arrangements into space: “Shiki 1,” a Japanese white pine bonsai tree suspended from a metal frame, and an untitled collection of orchids, lilies, hydrangeas, and irises. The project is called Exobiotanica, and was aided by Sacramento-based JP Aerospace, an organization that sends vessels into space.

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“I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space,” Makoto said speaking to the press at the launch site in Black Rock Desert in Gerlach, Nevada. “I am using brightly colored flowers from around the world so that they contrast against the darkness of space.”

The flowers were arranged using light metal frames and had Spot GPS trackers attached to them so they could be located when they fell back to Earth. Pictures were provided by six Go-Pro cameras which were tied in a ball in order to capture 360-degree images of the astral arrangements.

The bonsai tree traveled for 100 minutes, reaching a height of 91,800 feet before its balloon burst and it made a 40-minute fall back to Earth. The bouquet made it up to 87,000 feet.

Via T Magazine

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