WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | Weather

Edge-of-Space Camera

By: Myles Henderson Email
By: Myles Henderson Email

MIT students Justin Lee and Oliver Yeh constructed a Camera set up to take pictures in the stratosphere. No rockets, boosters or expensive control systems, just a helium filled weather balloon, a cheap camera, a GPS equipped cell phone, a Styrofoam beer cooler, some instant hand warmers to prevent the camera from freezing, and of course duct tape. The price tag $150.

The Edge-of-Space camera rose to around 93 thousand feet, so high that you can see the curvature of the earth. Just to give you an idea of how high that is, after the balloon popped the camera set up took 40 minutes to fall back to the ground.


The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
     
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
     
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.

 

powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 60807842