VIDEO: Part of Nowhereisland launched into space from Morte Point, North Devon
PART of a cultural olympiad artwork called Nowhereisland has been launched into space by a former Ilfracombe Arts College pupil.
Artist Jay Clement, 30, from Woolacombe, had the idea to launch two pieces of the island into the earth’s stratosphere using weather balloons.
The launch took place from land near Morte Point last week.
VIDEO: The rock’s space mission:
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Nowhereisland was devised by Honiton artist Alex Hartley.
The floating project, which visited Ilfracombe in September, was made of rocks from an island discovered by Mr Hartley in the High Arctic region of Svalbard.
The pieces of rock which were launched into space reached a height of 34,470 meters.
One piece was sent up intact along with two video cameras and a GPS tracker. It reached speeds of more than 400 miles per hour when it returned to earth.
The other piece was ground down into dust before lift-off and was released at more than 34km above the earth, meaning it will remain suspended at the edge of space.