July 29th, 2014
12:12 PM ET

Extraterrestrial beauty

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Since life on Earth is so tumultuous these days, we think we could all use a little extraterrestrial beauty. Earlier this month, a Japanese artist teamed up with the company J.P. Aerospace and launched a pine bonsai tree and a bouquet of more than 30 types of flowers into the stratosphere. Literally.

The images are stunning. The plants were placed in devices attached to helium balloons that rose roughly 90,000 feet before returning to earth after the balloons burst.

The devices, which had parachutes, were discovered five miles from the launch site. The bonsai and the flowers, however, were never found.

Another mystery of the universe.

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  1. bobcat2u

    Star light, star bright
    First star I see tonight
    I wish I may, I wish I might.
    Never mind,It's just a satellite

    July 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm |
  2. chri§§y

    Lol @ bobcat...you certainly are a witty one arent you?

    July 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm |
  3. bobcat2u

    A man owned a small farm in Saskatchewan .

    The Saskatchewan Provincial Wage & Hours Department
    claimed he was not paying proper wages to his help
    and sent an agent out to interview him.

    'I need a list of your employees and how much you pay them,'
    demanded the agent.

    'Well,' replied the farmer, 'there's my farm hand who's been with me
    for 3 years. I pay him $200 a week plus free room and board. The cook has
    been here for 18 months, and I pay her $150 per week plus free room
    and board.

    Then there's the half-wit. He works about 18 hours every day and does
    about 90% of all the work around here. He makes about $10 per week,
    pays his own room and board, and I buy him a bottle of bourbon every
    Saturday night. He also sleeps with my wife occasionally.'
    'That's the guy I want to talk to...the half-wit,' says the agent.
    'That would be me,' replied the farmer.

    July 29, 2014 at 1:43 pm |
  4. Steven Fazekas

    I wonder if the Gaza slaughter looks any different at 90000 feet. At sea level it looks just like WAR CRIMES!

    July 29, 2014 at 2:56 pm |
    • No

      No. It still looks just as good.

      July 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm |
  5. chri§§y

    Lol @ bobcat...but isnt that called "a wife?"

    July 29, 2014 at 3:37 pm |
  6. Ferhat Balkan

    How insignificant we are in the grand scheme of the Universe... A grain of sand in a never ending beach with spectacular beauty and indescribable harmony. Space is so vast, our minds cannot comprehend it. Yet there's solace in knowing our insignificance. The knowledge and belief that there are infinite possibilities out there beyond the stars.

    July 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm |
    • fun stuff

      Thanks Ferhat, Great comment. Now if only we humans can learn how to jive together in harmony, and sit together, in the sun, like all those grains of sand............. .............. 🙂

      August 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm |
  7. chri§§y

    Lol @ Ferhat...some more insignificant than others eh? Lol

    July 29, 2014 at 10:47 pm |
    • Ferhat Balkan

      Indeed chri§§y, some grains of sand are smaller than others 🙂

      July 30, 2014 at 10:37 am |
  8. chri§§y

    Lol that was a lovely way of putting it @ Ferhat!

    July 30, 2014 at 1:29 pm |
  9. chri§§y

    ? @ No...are you talking about the earlier post about the "gaza slaugter"??? If so thats a pretty disgustingly evil answer! Shame on you!

    July 30, 2014 at 5:59 pm |
  10. fun stuff

    After hearing about how the Jews of Israel are grinding the poor Palestinians into fine grains of sand, I am reminded by history, that not too long ago, in fact, just 60 years ago, (0.000001 second in archeological time), the Germans were grinding the Jews in fine grains of sand. Why do we humans find it soooooooooooooooooooooooo hard to just look up at the sky, hold hands, all of us together, and just admire the stars, and stay quiet??????????????

    August 4, 2014 at 3:35 pm |

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