Our awesome partners over at National Geographic sent over these incredible photos, as they just wrapped up creating a real-life version of Pixar's animated hit film Up. It's pretty amazing what human beings are capable of...

Yesterday morning, March 5 at dawn, National Geographic Channel and a team of scientists, engineers, and two world-class balloon pilots successfully launched a 16' X 16' house 18' tall with 300 8' colored weather balloons from a private airfield east of Los Angeles, and set a new world record for the largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted. The entire experimental aircraft was more than 10 stories high, reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet, and flew for approximately one hour.

The filming of the event, from a private airstrip, will be part of a new National Geographic Channel series called How Hard Can it Be?, which will premiere in fall 2011.

National Geographic's website

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  • Amazing
  • soooooooooooo cool!
  • You were credited on Black Eiffel blog!
  • @Linda-you should show him this post and maybe it'll inspire him to do an Up photo shoot for us! :)
  • @alyssa -- i know, right?? so cute!!! the funny thing is, i have a friend who is the spitting image of the boy who is the real-life spitting image of russell. except my friend is 23.
  • @Linda-thanks for sharing! He is so adorable! :)
  • SOO Cool!! I always dreamed to do something like this.
  • that's wonderful but in the actually movie up the mailbox wasn't attached to the house it was in his yard, oh yea also the baloons were in the chimmney not the middle of the house... but still it is pretty awsome
  • Unbelievable!! Sooo cool.
  • i love this!!! up is one of my favorite movies :]

    if only the national geographic team had found this cute kid to go in the pictures as well ;]

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