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Friday, March 20, 2009

The $100 aerospace camera

Four teenage Spanish students have earned worldwide acclaim for the photographs they have taken of the edge of space, 20 miles above the Earth. The students pulled off the remarkable feat with a weather balloon, and a digital camera costing about $100. The instrument packaged that the kids whipped-up contained a means of tracking the balloon after its ascent via Google Earth.

Plum amazing. And very cool, what young people are capable of doing these days (or anybody for that matter). Wouldn't surprise me if in the not too distant future, we'll be reading news of some high school student flying into orbit in a home-built spaceship :-)