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Author:  Tweaked [ Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:44 pm ]
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Photos from space confound NASA
By QMI Agency

A British hobbyist could teach NASA a thing or two about taking photos from space ‹ and NASA is apparently willing to listen.

Robert Harrison rigged a Cannon camera to a helium balloon to take photos from the edge of space - images that NASA admits would have cost the space agency tens of millions of dollars to capture.

The whole project cost Harrison about $765.

"A guy phoned up who worked for NASA who was interested in how we took the pictures," Harrison told The Times U.K., "He wanted to know how the hell we did it. He thought we used a rocket. They said it would have cost them millions of dollars." The Icarus Project, as Harrison has dubbed his ongoing experiments, features a point-and-shoot camera, a parachute and a GPS system all attached to a balloon.

The balloon ascends up to 35 km before it pops, sending the camera floating gently back to the ground below.

The GPS allows Harrison to track it to where it lands.

From his home computer, the GPS also allows him to track the camera's progress as it climbs towards space snapping photos every five minutes before switching off to sleep.

The camera is wrapped in insulation so it continues to function in the frigid -60 C temperatures high in the Earth¹s atmosphere.

Read MORE at link and see the photos his camera took. They are amazing!

Author:  Caper [ Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:19 am ]
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Thanks for posting that Tweaked. :)

Absolutely amazing....and it just goes to show, what a camera and a bit of creative thinking can achieve.

Peace, Caper.

Author:  Tweaked [ Sun Mar 28, 2010 7:07 pm ]
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We don't all have to be Ph.D.s to try something different...

Author:  Caper [ Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:38 pm ]
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Agreed Tweaked, though it's not very often that people attempt such things, talk about such a simple experiement yielding such amazing results.

Peace, Caper.

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