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Humor website conducts first Rickroll in space

Using a weather balloon equipped with a camera and speakers, the comedy website Zug played Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" music video some 16 miles above the Earth's surface.

By Nancy AtkinsonUniverse Today / October 18, 2010

The comedy website Zug might have pulled off the most epic Rickrolling ever, at 89,000 feet above the Earth's surface.

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Those pranksters from Zug have now gone to the edge of space, sending their own DIY satellite up to 89,000 feet above Earth, and doing a little Rickrolling along the way. They claim they have now pulled the famous prank on the entire planet. Hmmm, hopefully this wasn’t the source of the radio signals that caused ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) probe to be “blinded from interference.” Surely strains of “Never Gonna Give You Up” could never do that….

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The video below is a quick look at their balloon satellite launch and their results; here’s the whole story on Zug.