iPhone launched into space by a father-son duo – The Brooklyn Space Program

Normal father-sons’ spend their time hanging out at some good place over the weekend or simply flying kites in the park but the duo that we are going to talk about here is a bit different.

For Luke Geissbuhler and his 7-year-old son, Max it was more adventurous and exciting to send an iPhone and an HD camera into space under a project which they code-named as Brooklyn Space Program.

The purpose for this program, as put by them was simple: to make a video documentry of some stuff that is beyond our reach. So, they attached their equipment to a weather balloon. Once it’s up in the space, the dearth of atmospheric pressure would ultimately burst it and send it back to Earth.

Geussbuhler launched the balloon from Newburgh, New York, and it climbed at a rate of 25 feet per second to 19 miles above the surface of the earth just an hour later. The balloon burst and the package containing the iPhone and the camera fell back to the ground on a parachute.

The father-son team tracked the package using the iPhone’s GPS (using MobileMe!) transmitter and found it in a tree 30 miles north of its launch location. They successfully extracted the video and edited it into what you see below.

Below is the video that is the outcome of this space program:

Reading about this news at Mashable, I am thinking of only one thing; What is the use of sending an iPhone into the space. Has NASA not being doing enough to know what is “up there” 😛

Anyways, enjoy the video above, needless to say, the view is awesome 🙂

via [Mashable]

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