A father and son from Brooklyn, New York, recently did a very cool experiment with an iPhone, weather balloon, and HD video camera. They created a homemade spacecraft, and launched the gadgets into space for a view of the earth.
100,000 miles and 70 minutes later, the balloon burst, and the spacecraft came plummeting back to earth. The iPhone provided the Brooklyn space enthusiasts the GPS location of the device. It’s too bad that the view of the earth from the stratosphere is all clouds, but then again, they did launch from New York State. :-p But the view is very cool!
Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.