March 18th, 2009

Earth-from-space

Teenagers send balloon to edge of space and photograph the Earth.

Why didn't I have a high-school teacher like this? Wow!

Click the image to see the story.

Basically, a teacher and a few kids tied a cheap digital camera to a weather balloon, sent it up, took photos, and retrieved the camera a few miles away... after it had flown to over 100,000 feet. Here's a shot looking down as the balloon was ascending:

Click the image to see the story.

Okay, who all wants to build their own space-balloon now? I sure do.

Chris