Karl, the flightless cassowary, was launched into space from beyond the Black Stump in New South Wales on 8 March 2015. He reached 34,780m above the earth, a record for the high altitude ballooning team and thoroughly enjoyed his first solo flight (he has travelled by Jetstar before).
Karl is the mascot for World Cassowary Day which highlights the plight of the endangered southern cassowary. World Cassowary Day will be held at Mission Beach on Saturday 26 September 2015.
Watch Karl ascend to the heavens at First Cassowary in Space – YouTube
Many thanks to Paul Webster from Kuranda Conservation for arranging the space flight. You can learn his love for the cassowary and the planning for the flight at Space cassowary.