For the first time ever, TV's beloved "Star Trek" captains James T. Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard will go boldy into near-space for real —in action figure form.
A group of Trekkies has banded together to launch dolls of the two
starship captains, as well as other key Trek characters and models of Star Trek spacecraft, to the edge of space using a high-altitude balloon.
"Picard and Kirk are the greatest starship captains
ever to exist and they've never been to space in reality, so I think
it's about time we bring them there," said Logan Kugler, an entrepreneur
and space enthusiast who launched a campaign on the crowd-funding site
Kickstarter to raise money for the project.
Kugler and his collaborators raised $6,193 through Kickstarter. They
plan to use the money to loft six action figures, two starship models
and five cameras to about 120,000 feet (37,000 meters) inside a balloon
lifting off from Champaign, Ill.