MIT Students Build Space Camera For $148 (Duct Tape Included)

#Photography

Tue, Sep 15th, 2009 09:59 by capnasty NEWS

Two students (from MIT, of course) put together a low-budget rig to fly a camera high enough to photograph the curvature of the Earth. Instead of rockets, boosters and expensive control systems, they filled a weather balloon with helium and hung a styrofoam beer cooler underneath to carry a cheap Canon A470 compact camera. Instant hand warmers kept things from freezing up and made sure the batteries stayed warm enough to work.

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