Awesome Space Images by using a simple Camera & Balloon

Wednesday, March 31, 2010



These lovely images are taken by an amateur enthusiast from UK named Robert Harrison. The whole experiment costed him $ 747 which on the other hand, costs millions of dollars to NASA to have such  images of space.

Robert Harrison, 38, an IT director, has launched 12 high-altitude balloons (HABs) since 2008.


He used the following objects,
  • A Helium balloon: which popped at the height of 35 km from the surface of Earth & let the camera fall down.
  • A Prachute: which took the camera safely down.
  • A Cannon digital camera: which was reprogrammed to wake up every five minutes and take eight photographs and a video before switching off for a rest.
  • A GPS device: to track the camera when it lands on Earth.
  • A loft insulation for wrapping the camera & gps device: which traps the heat given off by the devices and allows them to function in -60C (-76F) temperatures high in the Earth’s atmosphere.
  • A duct tape: to tie the objects.
More images and details can be found at the project's official website.

Currently, Mr. Harrison is working on his third model, which has a rotating-lens camera and a rear fixed-lens camera, as well as pressure, temperature and humidity sensors.