12 Sep 2015

A Fantastic Voyage (to near space and back)

(sent by my daughter)
In June 2013, a group of friends launched a weather balloon strapped with a GoPro Hero3, a Sony Camcorder, and a Samsung Galaxy Note II. They let it go from outside Tuba City in Arizona with the aim of capturing footage of the Grand Canyon from high above the Earth.
The Samsung was used to take still images like the one above, and the Camcorder and GoPro were used to capture footage as the balloon drifted across the landscape.
The group tracked the balloon via the phone's GPS, and the balloon was set to land in an area with good signal in order for the group to recover the cameras and the footage.
The balloon's journey time was only 1 hour 38 minutes but, in a weird twist of fate, it wasn’t recovered for another two years.

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