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The $150 Space Camera: MIT Students Beat NASA On Beer-Money Budget

The two students (from MIT, of course) put together a low-budget rig to fly a camera high enough to photograph the curvature of the Earth. Instead of rockets, boosters and expensive control systems, they filled a weather balloon with helium and hung a styrofoam beer cooler underneath to carry a cheap Canon A470 compact camera. Instant hand warmers kept things from freezing up and made sure the batteries stayed warm enough to work.

Of course, all this would be pointless if the guys couldn’t find the rig when it landed, so they dropped a prepaid GPS-equipped cellphone inside the box for tracking. Total cost, including duct tape? $148.

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Reblogged from Wired September 15th, 2009 at 8:25 pm 44 notes #space #amateur #photography #DIY
  1. theonlyphoenix reblogged this from proofmathisbeautiful
  2. semage reblogged this from macmankev and added:
    Amazing! I understand that there are certain things that just cost a lot of money. A deep space telescope like the...
  3. 3countylaugh reblogged this from proofmathisbeautiful and added:
    I want these guys running the unmanned portion of the space program…
  4. dividebyred reblogged this from thetalkinghead and added:
    oooOOOOooo… fancy!
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    Got to love me some smart kids. They are just lucky that a plan didnt clip it on its trip up.
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    Coolest thing you can do for $150 dollars. If I get this new job with this Astronomy centre this will definitely be on...
  17. fridaywest reblogged this from macmankev and added:
    im so gonna do this!
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    I want to try this out!
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    That’s amazing!
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