Today's Science section of the New York Times profiles the Brooklyn dad who launched a makeshift spacecraft into the stratosphere in August:
Mr. Geissbühler, a 40-year-old director and cinematographer, tethered a video camera to a weather balloon and sent both more than 100,000 feet into the stratosphere. The camera safely returned to the ground with the help of a small parachute.
While an experienced cinematographer, Mr. Geissbühler is no rocket scientist, and appealed to his physicist brother to help build up his Brooklyn Space Program, as he calls it. All it took was a Thai takeout container, an iPhone, a $300 camera and some helium balloons to make the craft soar. "I guess people feel really empowered if they can send a takeout container to space," he said.
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