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Two MIT students launched a digital camera in a beer cooler with a helium-filled weather balloon and took thousands of photos over five hours from space.  After the balloon burst and the cooler fell 18 miles to the ground, they tracked the GPS-enabled cell phone they also had in the cooler and retrieved it.  The total cost of the operation was $148.  They plan on selling kits for $300, including materials for $150 and instructions for $150.

WIRED article here.

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ccdesan
Sep. 15th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Cool beans. We need minds like this...
coyoty
Sep. 15th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Still, it's not as impressive as Cambridge's teddy bear spacewalk in December, for about the same cost.
wingywoof
Sep. 16th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
I knew there was a reason I watched you besides keeping up on what you've eaten!
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