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Amateur space enthusiasts launch paper plane into space

11 November 2010 Last updated at 15:24 GMT

A team of amateur British space enthusiasts has achieved a world first by sending a paper plane into space. The plane, made of paper straws and covered in paper, was launched in Spain using a helium balloon.

A camera on the plane's wing captured dramatic images as it flew back down through the earth's atmosphere.

The plane eventually landed 25 miles (40km) away from its launch site in a wood and only suffered a small hole in the wing.

Pallab Ghosh reports.