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16/05/2014 14:59 BST | Updated 16/05/2014 14:59 BST

Cricket Ball Sent Into Space For Probably A Very Good Reason

The England and Wales Cricket Board has blasted a cricket ball into space for probably a very good reason.

Ahead of the NatWest T20 Blast competition (geddit?) the ball was launched above the clouds to the edge of space from Edgbaston Stadium on a giant balloon.

The ball reached a height of 110,000 feet and "endured" temperatures of -54C before falling back to Earth at around 500mph before landing "safely" (sigh) thanks to a parachute.

David Collier, chief executive of the ECB, said in a statement:

"Ahead of the launch of the NatWest T20 Blast season, we wanted to do something that would reflect the competition’s exciting brand of cricket and vibrant in-ground atmosphere."

Here are some other things sent into space, also for probably very fine and non-trivial reasons.