Teen captures awesome photos from space
Adam Cudworth is an engineering student at Nottingham University who thought it would be cool to snap some pictures from high above our planet. So he hopped on eBay and bought a cheapo camera for about $47.
Then, he built a device that launched his photography mission into space last week.
Lifted to the sky using a balloon, the contraption soared to a height of 20 miles (three times the height commercial planes fly at) after two-and-a-half hours, snapping amazing photos posted to his Flickr account.
The GPS transmitter helped him find the location of the camera unit after it fell back to earth at a speed of 240 km/h, landing about 50 km from where he launched it.
It wasn’t the first time he tried something like this, but the two previous attempts helped him improve the design of his photography box for the latest mission.
With the successful mission under his belt, Cudworth says he’s working on another space-worthy photography box, in which he’ll be able to control the flight path.
Not bad, considering NASA’s dwindling number of space missions cost hundreds of millions of dollars.
And it was only this past year that a Canadian teen sent a Lego man into space, posting the video of the mission on YouTube.
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets
Photo: via Adam Cudworth on Flickr