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The Kid Should See This

Homemade Spacecraft / Space Balloon

Launched by a father and his seven year old in August, 2010, this Homemade Spacecraft/Space Balloon and video camera set up (housed in a takeout container) also got to see the curve of the Earth, climbing 19 miles high before the balloon burst. It includes a bit more nitty gritty from their experiment, with lots of onscreen notes. Great stuff if you’re itchin’ to DIY with your own weather balloon, video camera and iPhone. 

It also reminded me of Aerostat from Page Stephenson, another lovely video of a balloon and camera’s journey high enough to see space where it recorded an enviable sun flare shot:

File under: Stratosphere.

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