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Who needs a Space Shuttle? Amazing pictures of Earth captured by one man, a balloon and his camera
Daily Mail ^
| Mar. 25, 2010
Posted on 03/25/2010 7:40:31 PM PDT by nuconvert
The unearthly beauty of this image taken high above the planet would make Nasa proud.
But it didn't need millions of pounds of technology to capture.
Just a little British ingenuity that saw a standard digital camera taped to a helium balloon and floated into the sky.
Space enthusiast Robert Harrison managed to send his home-made contraption 22 miles - or 116,160 feet - above the earth's surface from his back garden.
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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Hobbies; Science
KEYWORDS: balloon; britain; earth; england; photography
posted on 03/25/2010 7:40:31 PM PDT
posted on 03/25/2010 7:43:37 PM PDT
( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
posted on 03/25/2010 7:44:30 PM PDT
(A closed mouth gathers no feet)
Incredble. Move NASA to this guy’s back garden. Tie Sen Bill Nelson - “the astronaut Senator” to one of these guy’s ballons then cut the string.
posted on 03/25/2010 7:45:38 PM PDT
(McCain = Obama's friend McCain called AMERICANS against amnesty - "racists")
These pictures are fake. If they were real Rozie O’Donnell cover half the horizon and you’d see the Mao balloons floating over the White House.
posted on 03/25/2010 7:45:52 PM PDT
The duct tape around the camera-housing is an especially nice touch.
I could be wrong, but I believe that you need a FAA permit or waiver to launch such a balloon here in the US.
I know there are payload restriction, which this probably falls under, but there might be height restrictions as well - not sure.
posted on 03/25/2010 7:46:39 PM PDT
(USA - b. July 4, 1776 / d. March 21, 2010)
Here's a picture taken from the other side of the balloon:
posted on 03/25/2010 8:03:39 PM PDT
(Civil disobedience? I'm afraid only the uncivil kind is going to cut it this time.)
It’s done very often here in the US. Quite often the balloon is tracked via ham radio. Its pretty routine.
posted on 03/25/2010 8:22:01 PM PDT
posted on 03/25/2010 8:22:26 PM PDT
by Blood of Tyrants
(The US will not die with a whimper. It will die with thundering applause from the left.)
posted on 03/25/2010 8:29:51 PM PDT
("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
A helium balloon will not go into space.
posted on 03/25/2010 8:32:23 PM PDT
(Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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