This is really nuts. The people from National Geographic have built a house inspired by the Pixar movie Up! Yes, a house tied to gas balloons that actually flies. I'm so giddy I can barely type.
Sure, the 16 by 16 feet house is not a full house, but I don't care. It flies for real, thanks to three hundred weather balloons full of helium. The Up! house—which will be part of a new National Geographic TV series called How Hard Can It Be?—was 10 stories high, including the balloons. It reached 10,000 feet and flew for about one hour.
Update: The producers of the National Geographic series How Hard Can It Be?—which is premiering this fall—sent us a lot of new photos taken at the private airfield near Los Angeles, where it all happened. Photos copyright 2011 National Geographic Channel. Photos by Stewart Volland [My Modern Met via Fotomaf via Necedades]