It's official. The Google Nexus S is space-worthy, after surviving a trip into near space - which is presumably not quite as good as outer space (we wanted to say innerspace but apart from being inaccurate it might be confused with the classic 80s sci-fi movie).

The reason the phone was sent, apart from the subsequent press coverage that such a stunt would receive, was to test the various sensors on the phone. These include GPS, gyroscope, accelorometer and magnetometer - to our knowledge the phone is still lacking any warp capabilities.

All went well, and the Google S managed to stay functioning in temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius at a height of 100,000 feet. Using balloons to send the devices up, the Google team blog confirmed their safe return.