joe5 (3510639) writes "Sometimes, people decide to fire things into space. Staff members a Ford dealership in Stockton, Calif. recently strapped a 2015 Mustang model car to a custom-built, high-altitude weather balloon capable of traveling to the outer reaches of earth. The team added a rod to the instrumentation box suspended below it, and mounted the model car and a camera to record some video. The 21-mile flight (recorded on video) took 74 minutes before the balloon burst, producing a harrowing flat-spin similar to Goose and Maverick in Top Gun. A GPS transmitter led the team to the crash site after a parachute deployed. The reason for the space travel? To celebrate the Mustang's 50th birthday."