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One in the eye for Mr. Wizard

I grew up on Mr. Wizard, but I was never good at science. For those of you born after the first Kennedy assassination, Mr. Wizard was the Bill Nye of his day. Still, I was really impressed by this family project to send a video camera into space by attaching it to a weather balloon. It went over 17 miles into the atmosphere and photographed the curvature of the earth and the blackness of space!

This project is also a good illutration of how technolgy has advanced. The family got their weather ballon and foam padding “craft” back because they put an iPhone with GPS in with the camera, and attached an LED light. They had some luck too, because it came down in a tree and wasn't smashed to pieces.

Still pretty cool, though!
Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler






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mtlawson
Sep. 28th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
Mr. Wizard made a comeback in the early 80's, courtesy of Nickelodeon. Of course, that was back when it tried to be semi-educational.
karen_w_newton
Sep. 28th, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
I missed that. No cable then. We only got it about two years ago.
mtlawson
Sep. 28th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was back when my folks had cable. Sometime in the early 90's they dropped it and haven't had it since.
karen_w_newton
Sep. 28th, 2010 12:08 pm (UTC)
We held out until the last kid was in college and then went straight to FiOS, which we have for internet as well as phone and TV.
bogwitch64
Sep. 28th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
Cool!!
karen_w_newton
Sep. 28th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
I thought so! When I was a kid, a family project was to clean out the garage or, if we were lucky, a fishing trip. It's too bad, in a way because my dad was an aeronautical engineer and would have loved this kind of project.
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