On the launch pad - Photos: Students take unique view of planet for $150

Photos: Students take unique view of planet for $150

On the launch pad

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On the launch pad

On 2 September, MIT students Oliver Yeh, Justin Lee, and Eric Newton launched a 350-gram (0.8-pound), helium-filled weather balloon from a field in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

The balloon carried a used 7.1-megapixel camera – purchased on Amazon.com – that was programmed to take pictures every 5 seconds.

(Image: 1337arts.com/Oliver Yeh/Justin Lee)


Earlier this year, a team of Spanish students launched a balloon into space for €1000 . Now a team from MIT has accomplished a similar feat for $150

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