Blast off! Cricket ball launched to the edge of space

Blast off! Cricket ball launched to the edge of space


This cricket ball took quite a trip after it
was blasted up the the edge of space. The England and Wales Cricket Board launched
the ball up ahead of the NatWest T20 Blast Competition which starts today. The ECB worked with a team of aeronautical
engineers to launch the official match ball from Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham. The white ball used in every game of this
season’s competition was attached to a helium balloon and endured temperatures of minus
54 degrees Celsius. During its free-fall, the ball reached speeds
of up to 500 miles per hour before a parachute deployed and it travelled safely back to Earth. It the landed in Newbury in Berkshire in near
perfect condition.

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