A toy dog named Sam went into space, and now he’s missing

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LONDON – Where oh where is Sam, the little white toy dog?

He flew into (or nearly into) outer space last week as part of London elementary school’s astronomy experiment.

Here’s how it worked: the students launched Sam into orbit by attaching him to a helium balloon. He also had a GPS tracker and a GoPro camera to help him on his journey.  He got some great pictures on the way up – you can see his journey in the video:

The balloon eventually popped, and Sam, his tracker and his GoPro, tumbled back to earth. The GPS tracker was supposed to lead teachers to Sam and his video.

But when they got to the tracker, 48 miles from the launch site, Sam just wasn’t there. His GoPro was. The tracker was.  Sam wasn’t.

So the students and staff got together to launch what has since become a world-wide hunt for the pooch. #findsam has been trending on social media everywhere.

Someone has even set up a Twitter account for him.

Chris Rose of SentIntoSpace.com helped the school with their experiment. He said that Sam was likely found, or will be found, within a 40-50 mile radius of where the devices turned up, but that, “We do not have any data on the aerodynamics of a toy dog.” 

Maybe someone picked him up. Or maybe….Sam is still up there.

Updates as they become available.