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Old 08-24-2007, 03:07 PM   #1
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Default Balloon in space...

Alright, this is cool as hell:

Behold the view from 117,597 feet, taken on August 11, 2007 by a camera hanging from a helium balloon launched by a group of guys in Alberta, Canada. Called the SABLE-3 (Southern Alberta Balloon Launch Experiment #3), it was packed with a Byonics MicroTrak 300 APRS tracking device, a Nikon Coolpix P2 digital camera set to snap one picture per minute, and filled with enough helium to take it to the edge of the earth's atmosphere.

Just 2 1/2 hours later, the balloon reached its pinnacle of 117,597 feet—holy moly, that's 22.27 miles above the earth! At that point, the helium balloon burst and its payload parachuted safely back to Earth, where there were a few recovery teams close enough to see its soft landing. Cool pix, indeed!


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Old 08-24-2007, 09:00 PM   #2
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Yay team Canada!
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Didn't the American's try something like this out? Only it involved an actual person and a lawn chair?
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Old 08-27-2007, 12:37 AM   #4
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Yes, but it was a pre flight into the Mercury project and it was in a sphere.
The Russians tried it and the person died from re-entry
( And now a word from Jim Nye the Science guy ))

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Yay team Canada!


I thought of family guy... and this quote from jen came into my mind... and yeah well...
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Heh, I loved that part of the show, if not for anything but the throwback to "The More You Know". Classic.
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I wonder why they set the camera to only take pics every hour. I'd have went with every 15 minutes so I'd have got a good ten or more plus maybe one or two from the descent.
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I wonder why they set the camera to only take pics every hour. I'd have went with every 15 minutes so I'd have got a good ten or more plus maybe one or two from the descent.
The article notes that it was set to take a picture each minute.
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Ah, then why so few pics posted I wonder...
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They just posted the most notable ones I guess. I agree though, I would have been interested in seeing the entire descent.
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Silly Canadian, that was just some kids in the south, and it involved guns to shoot the space terrorists. Any real American citizen knows that. Silly Canadian.
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Silly Canadian, that was just some kids in the south, and it involved guns to shoot the space terrorists. Any real American citizen knows that. Silly Canadian.
Actually it did happen, in California.
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"Larry hiked into the forest and shot himself in the heart on October 6, 1993. He died at the age of 44."


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"Larry hiked into the forest and shot himself in the heart on October 6, 1993. He died at the age of 44."


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When I read that, I was astonished because men don't shoot themselves in the heart. They mostly do headshots. So now I'm wondering... maybe old Larry was using his contraption to smuggle drugs? Then realizing he was spotted, dropped the drugs. Then later when the 'boys' finally caught him, brought him into the bush and did poor old Larry in.
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