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Point & Shoot from 117,597 Feet

View of Earth from 117,597 feetWell it took them three tries, but on August 11th, three amateur radio operators and a teacher from the Edmonton, Alberta area succeeded in sending a digital camera to an altitude of over 100,000 feet aboard a helium weather balloon.

After two failed attempts in 2006, the project called SABLE-3 (Southern Alberta Balloon Launch Experiment #3) sent a Nikon Coolpix P2 digital camera and a GPS transmitter aloft, carried by a helium weather balloon. The camera was set to take one picture every minute, which it did for the next 2.5 hours. 150 pictures later and 117,597 feet higher, the camera took its last image (seen above) before the balloon popped. The camera then took 46 more images on the way down as it fell back to Earth slowed by a small parachute.

Read the whole story and see more images here.

(via transbuddha)