Another day, another inordinately complicated Rickroll: This time, the pranksters at Zug.com launched a balloon into space playing Rick Astley‘s “Never Gonna Give You Up” on loop, complete with a picture of Mr. Astley. And they caught the whole thing on film. Are you listening, intelligent life on other planets?
Launching Rick Astley into space sounds simple, until you try to do it. Our plan was:
- Launch the balloon, which would travel to the upper reaches of Earth’s atmosphere, blaring the dreadful song to the inhabitants of Earth, while taking pictures and video.
- Eventually, the helium would expand so much that the balloon would burst, plummeting back to earth, like Rick Astley’s career.
- With luck, a GPS transmitter would relay where it landed, hopefully not in an ocean or prison yard. We expected winds and altitude to land the balloon many miles away from where it launched, which is why we needed to pick our launch site carefully: far away from major cities, highways, or classified military bases.
Full details at Zug.com.