Bonsai in Space

Leave it to a Japanese person to launch a tree into space.

Artist Azuma Makoto somehow got the brilliant idea of sending a 50-year-old bonsai tree and a bouquet of flowers into quasi-orbit earlier this summer, all captured with a GoPro and Fuji Film cameras.

With the help of a 10 person team in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, the concept behind the project was to create arresting visuals while simultaneously exploring connections between familiar objects (a tree, flowers) and the unknown (space).

Since the not-so-still life didn't quite make it into orbit, it took the plants roughly 40 minutes to make their way back down to earth, landing nowhere to be found within a five-mile radius of the touchdown site.

Our real question is, did they get air clearance from the TSA?