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    This is cool

    Man takes photos from space using £500 digital camera kit

    A man in West Yorkshire has managed to snap some stunning photos of the Earth from space using a compact Canon digital camera and a hot air balloon kit that cost him just £500.

    Robert Harrison, of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, constructed his space photography kit using off-the-shelf components that cost him around £500. He mounted a standard, four mega pixel Canon digital camera to a hot air balloon. The camera was hooked up to a small, Linux-based computer that was set to wake up the camera at set intervals and snap a picture. A GPS unit allowed Harrison to recover his camera when the balloon eventually came back to Earth.

    The resulting photos are so stunning, that NASA has apparently been in touch with Harrison to learn how he managed to capture such high quality images so cheaply.
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    The resulting photos are so stunning, that NASA has apparently been in touch with Harrison to learn how he managed to capture such high quality images so cheaply.
    It's sad when a brilliant organization is chasing down an amateur for information.

    Genius idea and amazing photos!


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    Amazing.

    However, when something goes that high......it comes back to earth somewhere quite far away. I wonder if he had a rapid descent mechanism to at least keep the camera over the UK mainland? And if so, I wonder how he slowed it down before it smashed into earth.....

    Very clever chap

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