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Dirk, Mavs and Beyond: Dirk Nowitzki bobblehead shot into space (video)

Jan 16, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT


Let the record show that the U.S. won the race to launch an NBA player’s bobblehead toy into space. The Dirk Nowitzki bobblehead was launched via balloon from Cleburn, TX, on Aug. 28, 2012, and rose 94,630 feet into the Earth’s atmosphere — that’s 17.92 miles. While technically not outer space, that’s further than any bobblehead has yet traveled on a solo mission. Take that, Russia.

Although this occurred four months ago, the video was just released. Revel in American ingenuity and space know-how.

Dirk’s reaction to the bobblehead mission?

“It would be an honor, but I’m not sure how it’s going to get up there.”

Here’s how they did it: