Students Send Homemade Weather Balloon To Space And Capture Footage To Prove It

Many people dream of going to Space, but unfortunately very few will ever get the chance. In 2013, a group of students did the next best thing. They spent months designing a weather balloon powerful enough to float into the outer edges of the atmosphere. When they were ready for launch they headed to the Grand Canyon, attached a camera and hoped for the best.

Remarkably the camera was discovered two years later when a woman found it while on a hike. The footage was put on YouTube soon after and the story has made waves among space and photography enthusiasts

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+7 1. dopkop commented 5 years ago

Amazing! They picked the best location... I have flown over and paraglide do around that area at 16,000 feet but nothing like the black sky! I once spent 20 hours running across the canyon and back (45 miles... It's huge!) and that makes it look like simply a crease in the surface of the earth... Very cool
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+5 2. Pyranthos commented 5 years ago

found 2 years later by a lady on a hike? it seems like there would of been much easier ways to locate the device than to rely on mere luck, heh. Still though, really cool accomplishment, and nice footage.
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+6 3. kirkelicious commented 5 years ago

By most definitions space starts at three times that height. The fisheye makes the earth look really round and the visual thinning of the atmosphere is a cool looking effect. NASA was just short a few hundred meters of this height with its propeller driven solar-electric aircraft Helios HP01.

Great project never the less!
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+3 4. cameramaster commented 5 years ago

#2. Apparently they lost contact with the GPS on the mobile phone they had installed to track it...the signal wasn't what had been forecast in the area by AT&T. It was found ( as stated) by a woman two years later...who was a AT&T employee! Apparently she took the unit home and managed to contact them using the SIM card information...it was of course an AT&T SIM card.
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+1 5. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

That's the kind of stuff you did in school you will never forget.
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0 6. Judge-Jake commented 5 years ago

#5 Well if I did that kind of stuff in school I've definitely forgotten. All I remember is a awful of fecking Log tables which along with the French and German have proved to be worth their weight in shite. >:) :squirrel:
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0 7. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

#6..yes, I remember Log tables..or how about thousands of irregular verbs to memorize in whatever foreign language you had to take...
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+1 8. huldu commented 5 years ago

I wonder if they needed a permission for that thing, it was pretty big.
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0 9. DryBarber commented 5 years ago

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-1 10. thundersnow commented 5 years ago

Agree #9...