Teen Captures Photos of Earth from Space, With a Cheap Camera! [PHOTO]
Teen Floats Camera to Space, Takes Pics of Earth
This is truly amazing. A teenager took a cheap camera, floated it into space and snapped pictures of Earth from above.
A UK teen used a balloon to float the $40 camera he purchased on eBay into space.
From that vantage point, 19-year-old British teen Adam Cudworth was able to snap some pretty amazing pictures, given the low-budget technology.
All totalled, he spent just $310 for the camera and materials, which included an insulated box with temperature sensors, radio, microprocessor, high performance solar panels, GPS, camera and video recorder, attached to a high-altitude balloon.
And, it took him a mere 40 hours to build the device.
The contraption reached 110,210 feet before the balloon popped, landing 30 miles from his home.
Looks like someone's winning the science fair.
Cudworth seemed humble about his experimenting, saying, "It's just a bit of hobby really, I just wanted to set myself a challenge -- but I'm amazed at the results.
"I saw a guy who did a similar thing a couple of years back and I just wanted to recreate them -- but better."
He added, "I have no background in astrophysics or anything like that, I'm just an engineering student.
Even Cudworth was surprised by the results, sharing, "When I retrieved the camera I was stunned -- it had captured some incredible photos and footage."