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Homebrew Space Photography


About a week ago, San Francisco hackerspace Noisebridge launched its own space program, Spacebridge.

Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the hackerspace Noisebridge, our ongoing mission to explore strange (yet economically priced) new ascent technologies; to seek out new parts and new partnerships; to boldly go where no non-government-or-massively-industrially-funded-group has gone before.

They sent a weather balloon to nearly 70,000 feet equipped with two cameras for photo/video and a T-Mobile G1 for recording data using its GPS and accelerometer.

The video recorded by the balloon is somewhat interesting (and extremely nauseating), but the photographs taken by the balloon at the “edge of space” are quite breathtaking:

Someone should manufacture a “Space Photography Kit” so we can all do our own launches. Recovering the balloon afterwards might be quite a hassle though.

(via Laughing Squid)

Image credit: IMG_0125.JPG by longobord