karen_w_newton (karen_w_newton) wrote,

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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