Monday, September 21, 2009

Say Cheese, Earth

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – All it takes to have a photo shoot with Mother Earth is ingenuity and $150.

MIT engineering students Justin Lee and Oliver Yeh have developed a cheap way to interact with the world through Project Icarus.

The brainiacs bought a camera and cell phone for GPS tracking – spending just $150 for their experiment – attached it to a small weather balloon, and sent it up into the atmosphere.

The balloon reached 93,000 feet and took amazing photos of the curvature of the Earth, the blackness of space, and even bits of balloon when the device finally burst and came sailing back down to the ground.

Lee says teachers can use their Earth photographing system for their classrooms since it’s an affordable and creative way to teach science to bored students.

He hopes that by completing their own Project Icarus, “students around the country will be more motivated to be part of science.”

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