Fish Eye in the Sky
NevadaSat Mission NBS-09-02, (9/27/2009).
A team of 9 students and faculty from the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno flew a fish eye camera aboard a scientific weather balloon to an altitude of 107,000' (over 20 miles up), and recovered it using radio tracking equipment.
This image was taken just prior to balloon-burst, while at 107,000', before parachuting back down to the ground. It is one of thousands of images of Northern Nevada that were obtained.
Launch: 39.88450 N, -118.75767 W, 3,881ft MSL
Burst: 39.89398 N,-118.6759523 W, 106,820 ft Peak Altitude
Landing: 39.906157 N, -118.698525 W, 3,996 ft MSL
The lead student engineer who made this fish eye camera payload was Gabe Herz (Mech. Eng.). This project is managed by J.C. LaCombe and E.L. Wang (UNR College of Engineering) and is sponsored by the Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium. Additional participants: Travis Fields, Gregory Kraus, Heather Culbertson, Chris Williams, Jessica Kim, Alex Hill, and Dr. Sandip Thanki (CSN).