Makoto Azuma (A Tokyo based) artist launched his latest project title “Exobiotanica” teamed with Sacramento-based JP Aerospace a volunteer based organization that constructs and sends vessels into orbit, to unveiling a Japanese white pine bonsai and an arrangement of flowers into the stratosphere. They’ve used Styrofoam and a very light metal frame, which created two devices to attach the 50 year old bonsai and the flowers, which were then launch distinctly using Helium balloons. Makoto Azuma attached digital cameras and 6 Go Pro video cameras tied in a ball to record the trip into the stratosphere.
He said; I wanted to see the movement and beauty of plants and flowers suspended in space,” Azuma later explained T Magazine. After both pieces went up, Azuma embraced his team warmly and smiled. Because I have always in sought of to travel to space and I must say that this is my dream which have come true. The bonsai soared to 91,800 feet until the helium balloon burst, while the flower arrangement rose to 87,000 feet. However; both devices were well retrieved approximately 5 miles from the launch site, but the plants were never found.