Azuma Makato, a 38-year-old artist from Tokyo, sent two botanical objects into the cosmos in a pioneering feat to send plant life to the outer space. On a mission called, Exobiotanica, the Japanese received some assistance from his 10-man crew and JP Aerospace in Sacramento to send the bonsai tree and a bunch of assorted flowers into the upper atmosphere taken by separate helium balloons.
Colorful Arrangement and the Blackness of the Space
Makoto’s vibrant arrangement of 30 different blossoms, including dahlias, orchids, and peace lilies, is meant to juxtapose with the blackness of space. Captured by the attached GoPro video cameras, the shots are awe-inspiring and breathtaking.
Successful Return to Earth
The floras came back to Earth after about 100 minutes of flying. The bonsai tree soared around 91,800ft, while the bouquet rose to a height of approximately 87,000ft before the helium balloons burst. The two objects descended safely back to Earth with the aid of a parachute.
Makoto held the mission on July 15, 2014 at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada—the same week that NASA celebrated the 45th anniversary of human’s first moon landing.