Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/25/space_hedgehog/

Watch the skies: SPACE HEDGEHOG plunges to Earth in Oxfordshire

Public asked to help find knitwear-clad 'naut

By Lester Haines

Posted in SPB, 25th March 2013 14:53 GMT

Reg readers in the Leamington Spa area are asked to keep an eye out for a knitted hedgehog which may have fallen from the skies thereabouts, and is currently the focus of a frantic search and rescue operation.

CASSiE (Cosmic Ambassador for Space Science and Engineering), aka the Cosmic Hedgehog, was sent aloft last Friday on a balloon mission, accompanying 70 student scientific projects into the stratosphere.

Unfortunately, mission control lost contact with the payload on its descent, and is now calling on the public for assistance:

The space hedgehog missing poster

The current best estimate of CASSiE's location is north of Banbury/south of Leamington Spa, so keep your eyes peeled. ®