A cuddly toy blasted into space as part of a school science project has gone missing, reports The Morecambe Visitor.
Equipment attached to Sam the Dog was recovered in a field near Burnley, England but there was no sign of the furry doggie astronaut.
The mascot was launched by a team of Morecambe Bay Primary School pupils who joined forces with Midland Hotel managers English Lakes Hotels and SentIntoSpace.com
Now project organisers have launched a search and rescue mission across Lancashire and Yorkshire for Sam’s safe return.
Sam, the mascot of the Midland Hotel in Morecambe, was sent into orbit by helium balloon on Tuesday from the hotel roof.
Incredible hi-tec images showed him reaching an altitude of 25km above the earth.
Sam was filmed by specially attached GoPro action cameras and tracked by GPS equipment as he rose at a rate of six metres per second.
But then the balloon popped and now the canine cosmonaut is nowhere to be seen after becoming detached during re-entry.