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Mar 08, 2011

National Geographic Creates a Real-Life "Up"-Inspired Floating House

Toys probably don't actually go on adventures, cars can't really talk, and monsters don't actually power their world based on children's screams, but as it turns out, Pixar's floating house from Up is actually possible in the real world.

Created for the upcoming series How Hard Can it Be?, on "March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16' X 16' house 18' tall with 300 8' colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour."

The series doesn't air until fall 2011, but you can check the results and incredible photos at My Modern Met.

 

 

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