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[UPDATE 10/23/11

Thank you to everyone who has looked at our project! The response has been completely overwhelming. We were itching to launch another one but after seeing the feedback, it makes us that much more excited to get it done. The next launch will be about 2 weeks from now, and that payload will have a video camera along for the ride as well! We've sorted out all the issues we had on this run, so all the images should be usable. Thank you again for all of the support and stay tuned for more images in the future!]


This is what space looks like from a weather balloon. We're working on determining exactly what altitude we got to, but I'd put it somewhere near 100,000 feet.


You can see about half of the city of Lubbock along the bottom of the photo just right of center.


We launched our little spacecraft (Cygnus) at 9:02am from ‎33° 49' 28"N 102° 53' 56"W, and it touched back down to Earth at 11:56am at 33° 19' 21"N 101° 59' 42"W. 62 miles from where it was released. This image was taken 1 hour and 55 minutes into the flight.


The camera was traveling in a styrofoam beer cooler from Wal Mart. The cooler was lifted into space using a 22 foot weather balloon filled with Helium. A parachute was attached to the cooler to slow and stabilize the fall of the cooler when the balloon eventually popped from lack of air pressure as it rose closer to the vacuum of space.


There were some issues with frost building up on the plexiglass shield and it actually ruined most of the images. Live and learn I suppose. We'll get it down next time. Most people we've seen do this online take 3-6 months of planning and preparation before they launch something. We did it in 13 days. I guess it's only fitting that we overlooked something. I'm just glad we found it and everything was still in one piece!


Because there was so much issue with frost, I did my best to remove it from this image. It made the curve of the Earth a little bumpy in the left half of the image, but you can see what it should look like toward the right edge.


Check out a video of the balloon being released here!


UPDATE 10/19/11

We made the local news! So awesome. Check out the story here. (I'll update this link if I get a higher quality video)

  • ABrush Wang 4y

    WOW 太Coooool了
  • Frederick Roll PRO 4y

  • mrvegas99_99 4y

    Good job guys!
  • Damian Vines 4y

    Fantastic, can't wait till the 2nd!!
  • Ivana Badalotti 4y

    amazing!!! good work!!!
  • charlesjudyboyd 4y

    Did you dod the commerial? Great job!
  • Bruce Kingsley 4y

    Superb work
  • rhoy185 4y

  • Eville93 4y

    Really interesting!!
  • blfingers1 4y

    Amazing pictures!! A little American ingenuity goes way out in space. Glad you are trying again.
  • knife dude 4y

    america needs guys like you.......people who fiigure it out and get results.........hope to see more in the future.............
  • joekrick 4y

    "I say it's about time this was done by the "layman" ..Awesome! Good work and it did not cost the taxpayers trillions of dollars! WOO HOO!
  • Psykotiq 4y

    yeah the sad thing is they do this same exact thing in a TV COMMERCIAL
  • Erich Leeth 4y

    Thank you for all the comments and support everyone! We're really looking forward to launching another camera, but we need help! It's no easy feat for poor college students! Check out the new link at the top of this page and consider helping us out. Thank you again for checking this out!
  • Catrin Austin PRO 4y

    This is such a good project guys
  • Cristiano Secci 3y

    Great experience guys! You made it into space! Looking forward to see your next attempts! :-)
  • Mundus Gregorius 3y

    This is indeed high. Amazing shot !
  • Roland Rutten Photography 3y

    fantastic shot and view, wow!
  • Melissa Methamphetamine 3y

    This is my favorite from the set, great work, great capture, can't wait for more!
  • Rafael PFA 3y

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