Red Nose Day goes out of this world

14th March 2013

BBC Radio Scotland’s MacAulay and Co, and pupils at Rimbleton Primary School in Glenrothes, have successfully launched two Red Noses into space - boldly going where no Nose has ever gone before for Red Nose Day.  

With some help from Dr Malcolm MacDonald, his team at Strathclyde University and Bruce Davies, the two teams raced Red Noses into space for the ‘Great Comic Relief Space Race’ and captured images of Earth from over 100,000ft. 

Red Armstrong and Mac were launched using helium balloons on Monday 11th March. The first balloon landed back on earth later the same afternoon bringing with it images of the Earth from Space. The second was found in Galloway Forrest Park on Thursday 14th March. 

Fred MacAulay said:

I am so proud to have been involved in this remarkable challenge. It’s taken four long weeks of planning and we are all thrilled to have successfully launched the first Red Nose in space. Comic Relief spends the money raised from Red Nose Day to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa. It’s a great cause and we’ve had great fun raising money and (literally) pushing boundaries.

There's still time to get involved with Red Nose Day