October 8th, 2009

bald man looking up

DIY near-space exploration

Two MIT students sent a digital camera in a beer cooler attached to a weather balloon up to 93,000 feet and took pictures all the way up and all the way down (article at WIRED).

Total cost of equipment: $150. Excellent! Here's the high point of the flight:

On their website (1337arts, LOL!) they also have a video of all the pictures in order. That, too, is rather cool.

BONUS: Here's the Top 10 Unanswered Questions in Geeky Movies. There's some good ones here.