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Friday, March 11, 2011

"UP" House, in REALITY NOW ~!~!~!

U guys still remember this movie? called "UP" .. 
now is time for reality ~!~!~ See BELOW

Congrats to National Geographic Team

(Credit: © National Geographic Channel/Stewart Volland)

Volunteers in California's High Desert prepare the house for liftoff Saturday.
(Credit: © National Geographic Channel/Stewart Volland)

The combination teamwork of National Geographic team of scientists, engineers, and balloon pilots two weeks to pull off their version of the "Up" house--from the initial assignment through planning, building, and rigging the house and setting it aloft in the clear skies to cheers down below.

Carson picks "incredulity" to describe the dominant feeling among the crew as the house made its way skyward. As for us, "grinning like dopes" would about cover it.

A view of the 300 balloons from the inside of the little house.
(Credit: © National Geographic Channel/Stewart Volland)

Read more:

The adorable 2,000-pound, 16x16-foot yellow house took to the skies with the aid of 300 weather balloons that grow to 8 feet tall when inflated. From top to bottom, the entire aircraft measured 10 stories high and reached an altitude of 10,000 feet.

 It flew for about an hour at dawn from a private airfield east of Los Angeles. Oh, and there were people (of the non-animated variety) aboard.

The floating feat sets a world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted, according to the National Geographic Channel. It filmed the flight as part of a new series called "How Hard Can It Be?" that's set to debut in the fall.

And if you're wondering how hard it can be to set a balloon-supported house aloft, well, "it was pretty hard," Paul Carson, the show's host, notes in the behind-the-scenes video below. "It was very difficult actually."

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