Another camera on the baloon.

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Depending on who you ask, space officially begins at 100 Kilometers (62 miles). Hence, although it wasn't in 'space' as little big man said, the max altitide was still greater than 120,000 ft. And at that altitude, although the curvature of the Earths surface is quite apparent, one must also consider the photo is a pano (stitched images) which could help explain the near orbital looking final image as Aleksey questioned.
 
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The pictures are spectacular. At the same time, one has to question how newsworthy these endeavors are. It's not the first time, and outside the willingness to commit time and the possible sacrifice of an iPod (as a radio transmitting gps) it doesn't seem that much of engineering feet. And as pointed out, it's not really from outer space.

"Student builds rocket that reaches 100km, shoots pictures from space". Now THAT I would like to see in the headlines.
 
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The pictures are spectacular. At the same time, one has to question how newsworthy these endeavors are. It's not the first time, and outside the willingness to commit time and the possible sacrifice of an iPod (as a radio transmitting gps) it doesn't seem that much of engineering feet. And as pointed out, it's not really from outer space.

"Student builds rocket that reaches 100km, shoots pictures from space". Now THAT I would like to see in the headlines.

Perhaps they did it for the fun and passion and not the news.
 
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The pictures are spectacular. At the same time, one has to question how newsworthy these endeavors are....

..."Student builds rocket that reaches 100km, shoots pictures from space". Now THAT I would like to see in the headlines.

If student builds a rocket and launch it even 10km high FBI DoD NSA and who else is there will be all over his house fast, collecting evidence... :m72: Let's hope it would not be foreign exchange student :biggrin:
The legality of building and launching home made rocket deserve it's own tread... Handling high explosives, volotile and toxic substances, toxic exhaust, air trafic hazard, supersonic wave, not to mention possibility of making a big BOOM! :131:
From technical point of view just reach 100km and go down is not as complicated as making an orbit. It is not something that sudents can do, but it is possible for a person with some knowledge in the field and some money and time to do. Thing is, those who could, know better. :505:
 

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