Wednesday, March 18, 2009

An $80 Camera And A Latex Balloon

That is all it took for this group of teens from Spain to take stunning pictures of space from 20-miles above Earth.

"Created by the four students under the guidance of teacher Jordi Fanals Oriol, the budding scientists, all aged 18-19, followed the progress of their balloon using high tech sensors communicating with Google Earth.

Team leader Gerard Marull, 18, said: "We were overwhelmed at our results, especially the photographs, to send our handmade craft to the edge of space is incredible."

When the balloon hit 100,000 feet losing it's inflation, it returned back to earth with the camera still transmitting. Amazingly, they found it a few miles from it's launch location!


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