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Android Collectible Heads to Space!

Google decided that exploring space would be something fun to casually do on a random weekend, so they made some weather balloons, strapped our favor robot collectible to them with cameras and a Nexus S, and sent them off.  They captured some great pictures of Earth, data, and found another way to get their mobile operating system some press.

Video of Andy after the break, plus the rig used to get him up there.  


Here is how they did it:


Via:  Google Mobile Blog

Cheers Jim!

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  • Bpowers

    when Andy got knocked off… i actually screamed “Nooooooooo!”

  • in space, no one can hear lookout security scream

  • Firenewt

    That is just So Awesome!

    But listen folks, for those comments earlier, the lowest hight for low earth orbit is about 100 miles, anything below that will have its orbit decay and fall back to the earth. The little one only went up to about 100,000 feet, which is just under 19 miles, far below the orbit at which anything might stay up.

    I just wonder if they were able to recover the phone. I certainly hope so! I so wish I had been the one to think this up and do it. So jealous…

  • onDroid

    So, this means if I can somehow get to outer space I can grab myself a free nexus s. Time to get working on my rocket.

  • I'm just picturing that plastic android falling to the earth just like in that movie Armageddon. Blasting a hole into the train station.

  • joe1138

    That's just cool.

  • Wraithix

    That was sweet! Poor little guy will be missed.

  • Cgmartin33

    The plastic Android figure that broke off when the balloon popped…hurled toward the ground, blasted through someones roof, hit a guy holding an iphone soo hard in the back of the head that he is now straight, then it bounced off his head knocking his pink Macbook Pro off the bookshelf that landed on his ipad shattering it into a million pieces…those guys over at Google are fricken amazing!

    • briderx

      Still not enough to break through their thick skull though..

    • Not all of us “fags” use iDon'ts. Some are still brainwashed by Steve and his minions into thinking that it's still cool to be an iPunk. I have a lot of gay friends that are Android users. Would've thought the “Anti-Gay” app they allowed on their market (until they got called on it) might have opened the rest of “our” eyes.

      • Cgmartin33

        Wow…enough with the gay bashing already! I never said “fags” or even “gay”. On a lighter note im glad you are so open and proud of your sexuality…congrats on that! I was joking around about the iphone/apple trend in the gay community being that 5 of my 6 gay friends are isheep and cannot be turned (no pun intended). The moral of the story was Android prevailing over Apple. Quit holding your people back by judging others…I know you don't like to be judged.

        • takeshi

          “Judged”? You said “soo hard in the back of the head that he is now straight”. No one judged you to say that.

          • Cgmartin33

            Im sorry…im not understanding what you mean by “No one judged me to say that”??? Anyhow if read the above post ^ you would understand what I meant by saying what I did.

          • Hey Cgmartin33. I wasn't all that mad about the post. As for the “fag” comment, I know you didn't say that… I use that term about myself and others (Not an overly sensitive homo here. LOL!). Sorry about using quotation marks. I kinda wanted it to be known that the idea that all gays use an iWon't is an insult to our taste and intellect. 😀
            Sorry if I didn't come across that way to begin with. Hey… you're an Android user. Your OK in my book. 🙂
            Have an awesome Christmas!

  • Shurikenv

    oo i want to see part 2 of that video lol the free fall back down 😀

  • 10yck

    Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of our little Android. It's mission, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to go where no android and has gone before.

  • I want to work at Google.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    now that thing is up there spinning around at 3000 mph waiting to come through the windshield of some future space shuttle


    • Josh

      no. it will fall back down to the ground.

    • Not sure what rock you've been under but I think the space shuttle programs been canceled.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        guess you couldn't look past that fact and focus on the joke itself.

  • Waknatious

    That's effin' m/

  • Jawshua

    That's pretty funny! I'm going to go on the next trip, they said they would strap me to a weather balloon.

  • Keithsmnr

    ..Brave little Android….*Sniff sniff*

  • That's one small step for man, one giant leap for Android!

  • ZOMG I want to get a big styrofoam box, fill it full of stuff and send it off to outer space… I'm thinking some Big Macs, hideous Ugg boots, Heidi Montag and some i*phone hipsters. Make the world a better place.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      guess you are unaware of the space trash laws that have ben passed


    That's awesome!