March 18th, 2009


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

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

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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:

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