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Father And Son Send iPhone Into Space And Record Incredible Video (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 10/16/10 04:19 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:05 PM ET

UPDATE: The iPhone did not record the actual video; it was loaded into the carrier with a high-definition video camera. Secondly, this article stated that the phone was recovered in the dark because of its LED light. It's unclear from the video whether this LED light was coming from the iPhone or from another source.

A father and son from Brooklyn, New York sent an iPhone into the stratosphere a few weeks ago to record a video of the earth's curvature.

The two spent eight months researching and testing their homemade craft, which was made of a weather balloon and a styrofoam case for the iPhone, before launching in Newburgh, NY.

The phone apparently braved winds of 100 miles-per-hour and temperatures as cold as 60 below zero (the iPhone was smartly packed with hand warmers).

The recorded video shows the phone reaching a height of 100,000 feet before the balloon burst, plummeting the contraption back to earth, where it landed 30 miles from the launch point, in a tree, where the father and son found it in the dark because of the iPhone's LED light.

WATCH: (via New York Magazine)

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

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