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'Coosmonaut' blasted into space to mark 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

Coosmonaut sent into space Credit: VisitScotland

A Highland cow toy has been blasted into space wearing a tartan suit to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Moonwalk.

VisitScotland has launched a new tourism campaign to highlight the unlikely corners of the world that played a part in one of the biggest moments in history.

Langholm is one of several settlements in Scotland to be included in a new map that celebrates the country's historic links to space exploration.

Neil Armstrong, the first person to land on the moon, is said to to have strong Scottish roots.

Langholm is the traditional seat of Clan Armstrong making it his ancestral home.

  • A woman from Dumfries and Galloway recollects the moment she met Neil Armstrong on his visit to Langholm in 1972.

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Neil Armstrong smiles in the lunar module after his historic moonwalk. Credit: PA/Reuters

The new campaign saw BuzzBò, the world’s first Highland 'Coosmonaut', soar 36,000 metres into the solar system wearing a spacesuit made from Armstrong tartan.

Seven-year-old, Peter Lunan from Dunblane, decided to name the toy after Buzz Aldrin who was the second man to walk on the Moon. The Gaelic word for Cow - Bò.

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VisitScotland teamed up with Sent Into Space to send the toy Highland cow into the sky attached to a weather balloon.

The new trail shows connections to each planet as well as details of big science names:

  • Neptune – Jedburgh, Scottish Borders: The birthplace of 19th century science writer Mary Somerville who theorised that difficulties in calculating the position of Uranus may point to an undiscovered planet, which inspired the discovery of Neptune.
  • Venus – Parton, Dumfries & Galloway: The resting place of 19th century physicist James Clerk Maxwell, whose name was given to Maxwell Montes, the planet’s only feature named after a man.