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See the Earth from space with an iPhone!

india Updated: Oct 18, 2010 19:00 IST

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A father-son team launched an iPhone 4 and an High Definition video camera into space using a weather balloon and guess what the mission was successful and the coverage spectacular.



A father-son team launched an iPhone 4 and an High Definition video camera into space using a weather balloon and guess what the mission was successful and the coverage spectacular.



The video below shows how cinematographer Luke Geissbuhler and his son Max Geissbuhler launched the balloon with the camera from Newburgh, New York into the upper stratosphere. It climbed at a rate of of 25 feet per second to 19 miles above the surface of the earth in approximately an hour. Eventually, the balloon burst and the package containing the iPhone and camera fell back to the earth on a parachute. Geissbuhler and his son tracked the package using the iPhone's GPS transmitter to a tree and managed to extract the video.



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The experiment was done after a series of meticulous calculations and low altitude tests, taking precautions for any possibility of things going wrong. It even included a note to anyone who found the device, asking him/her to return the equipment. The video explains the visuals with subtitles.



Geussbuhler launched the balloon from Newburgh, New York, and it climbed at a rate of 25 feet per second to 19 miles above the surface of the earth just an hour later. The balloon burst and the package containing the iPhone and the camera fell back to the ground on a parachute, reported Mashable.



Geissbuhler posted a beautiful slideshow of space images taken by the craft to his website, the Brooklyn Space Program. He's also selling t-shirts and other merch to raise funds for a sophomore voyage.



Click here to see the video


Check out the pictures



Photos Courtesy:

http://www.brooklynspaceprogram.org/BSP/Images.html