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Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Cara Delevingne "spatial selfie not destined for space"

A device used in a Samsung advertising campaign to send a selfie of actress Cara Delevingne "in space" landed abnormally in Michigan, in the United States. A woman shared her photo on the grass in her garden on Facebook. The idea was that people would upload their selfies to a website, where they would be randomly chosen and returned with a view of the planet behind them. But one expert said it was unlikely that the device was destined to reach space. "If it is something that has been attached to a balloon at high altitude, it probably rose from about 25 km to 35 km [22 miles]," said Hugh Lewis, professor of astrophysics at the University of Southampton.

From there, you can see the sky is black, you're out of most of the atmosphere, you can see the curvature of the Earth, it looks like a space - you can see the photographic charm. "Professor Lewis added that while the definitions of where space began varied, it was generally around 100 km in altitude. Samsung has been contacted by BBC News for comment. The technology company told NBC that the landing was planned. The Michigan peasant Nancy Mumby-Welke, photographed in her garden, was "a really strange hybrid car," said Dr. Alice Gorman, an expert in space debris. It has landing legs, a small tent-shaped body like something designed to land on a surface, but also solar panels like a satellite. "For landowners, their impression is that it comes from space because it looks like a satellite - but it is not," said Dr. Gorman. "The tribute is - it is not burned. He would never have reached the surface of the Earth [intact from space]. "It's in good condition, the solar panels seem a little bent but they haven't landed at high speed."

Cara Delevingne is not the first person to capture a spatial selfie. Astronauts Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin photographed themselves in space - and Curiosity Rover took pictures of itself on the surface of Mars.

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