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Fri Apr 14, 2017, 02:49 PM

Lost Weather Balloon GoPro Found Two Years Later with Astounding Shots of Earth from Space

This is from a couple years ago:

Back in June 2013, five friends in Arizona decided to capture some footage of space by sending a GoPro, camcorder, and phone up in a weather balloon. The team–consisting of college students Bryan Chan, Ved Chirayath, Ashish Goel, Paul Tarantino, and Tyler Reid–built their device, calculated its trajectory, registered with the FAA to avoid interfering with passing aircrafts, and finally launched the balloon in the desert a few miles outside of Tuba City. The friends planned to track the balloon's progress using GPS on the attached smartphone, but they soon lost contact with the locator after the device floated out of cell phone tower range.

For months, the group wondered if they would ever get their balloon and cameras back. In reality, it would take two whole years for them to see the results of their project again. This summer, they received a call from an unknown number–a hiker in Arizona had found a strange box with their names on it 50 miles away from their original launch point. Reunited with their equipment, the team could finally see the extraordinary video and photos that the cameras had taken–including a gorgeous “money shot” of the Grand Canyon captured from the stratosphere (above). The group of friends also had a chance to parse the data from their device, and they learned that the balloon had reached an altitude of 98,664 feet, with a total flight time of 1 hour and 38 minutes.




http://mymodernmet.com/lost-weather-balloon-captures-grand-canyon-shot/

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Reply Lost Weather Balloon GoPro Found Two Years Later with Astounding Shots of Earth from Space (Original post)
Mosby Apr 2017 OP
Cracklin Charlie Apr 2017 #1
aquamarina Apr 2017 #2
murielm99 Apr 2017 #3
Fast Walker 52 Apr 2017 #4
byronius Apr 2017 #5
byronius Apr 2017 #6
2naSalit Apr 2017 #7
ffr Apr 2017 #8
JohnnyRingo Apr 2017 #9
Kali Apr 2017 #10
DesertRat Apr 2017 #11

Response to Mosby (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 03:04 PM

1. What a beautiful planet we have.

I wish the Trumps, Putins and Jong Ils could understand just how fragile it is.

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Response to Mosby (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 03:05 PM

2. Beautiful!

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Response to Mosby (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 03:58 PM

3. This is fascinating.

Thank you.

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Response to Mosby (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 04:01 PM

4. that's amazing, and a good reminder how thin and fragile our atmosphere is

 

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Response to Fast Walker 52 (Reply #4)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 04:20 PM

5. Just reading New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson --

And one of the characters remarks that if our atmosphere were compressed to the density of water, it would be thirty feet thick.

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Response to Mosby (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 04:20 PM

6. Best kind of scientists.

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Response to Mosby (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 04:46 PM

7. Bookmarked! Thanks!

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Response to Mosby (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 05:06 PM

8. Cool music video too! Enjoyed that very much. Marvelled at the view from 90K



That rocked. Thanks for sharing!

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Response to Mosby (Original post)

Fri Apr 14, 2017, 05:16 PM

9. Awesome.

Well made video too.
Thanx for posting.

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Response to Mosby (Original post)

Sat Apr 15, 2017, 12:15 AM

10. wow that is so cool.

heh, I was up in that area last month.

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Mon Apr 17, 2017, 06:58 PM

11. Very cool!

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