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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Video: Spacecraft Launched From Newburgh - Gothamist

A father-son team from Park Slope decided NASA wasn't doing enough to document the stratosphere, and decided to take matters into their own hands. After testing their "19-inch helium filled weather balloon" in Brooklyn, Luke Geissbuhler and his son Max headed upstate and launched the device, complete with a camera, into space. Here's what the planet looks like from up there:

The two were able to track the device with GPS, and Columbia University Professor of Astronomy Marcel Aguera said the two were "very good but also very lucky." Perhaps Earth Ambassador can use the device to actually get some work. (That is, if the Earth Ambassador actually existed.)

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