THERE NEEDS TO BE AN INTERNATIONAL EFFORT TO FIND SAM NOW. SOMEONE GET ME THE UN.
Since humans figured out we have the ability to shoot stuff into space, we've had a weird obsession with launching animals and sh*t into the great, dark unknown. Sometimes, it literally feels like all scientists with access to rockets are just adult toddlers.
You know how many monkeys and dogs are floating around space just because NASA was like, “Hmmmm, I wonder how many monkeys and dogs we can shoot into space?” SOOOOO MANY. LIKE, SOOOOO MANY.
The latest casualty of this is a dog named Sam who some children MONSTERS from Morecambe Bay Community Primary School in the UK decided would be a good subject to strap to a balloon with some GPS tracking software and a GoPro camera.
So what if he's plush! Plush dogs are humans, too! Watch any “Toy Story.”
One small problem: When the balloon came back down, it came without Sam.
WHERE IS SAM?!?!
Sam who was launched into the stratosphere from #Morecambe is lost in space! #FindSam @englishlakes @cllrbenberry pic.twitter.com/lwXlm5vSd0 — John Spencer-Barnes (@JohnBarnesUK) April 6, 2016
There is a coalition devoted to making sure Sam -- or his remains, TBH -- returns home.
Chris Rose from SentIntoSpace.com told the Burnley Express,
Our footage indicates that one of the helium balloon tethers got tangled with the mascot when it burst at peak altitude and the free fall part of the flight commenced. We do not have any data on the aerodynamics of a toy dog or its terminal velocity, but we're pretty sure Sam landed within a 40-50 mile radius of Burnley. He could have landed in North Lancashire or as far afield as York, Sheffield or the Peak District.
A spokesperson for the school reassured followers of the situation the school is hellbent on getting Sam back home, telling reporters,
We have widened the search and hope to have him back home safe before the end of term.
The principal added,
The children created history with the space launch and would love to see Sam the Dog safely returned with tales to tell of his adventures
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sam, wherever he is.