Video Retrieved From GoPro Balloon That Soared to Nearly 100,000 Feet

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Video Retrieved From GoPro Balloon That Soared to Nearly 100,000 Feet

By NICHOLAS ST. FLEURSEPT. 15, 2015

Strapped to a weather balloon bound for space, this GoPro camera soared almost 100,000 feet, into the stratosphere, to capture high-resolution footage of the Grand Canyon in 2013. An hour and a half into its flight the balloon burst and the camera plummeted back to earth.

It was two years before anyone would find the camera, which was lost in the Arizona desert. Fortuitously, the breathtaking footage was retrieved after an AT&T agent hiking in the desert stumbled upon the box about 50 miles from its launch point earlier this year and returned it to its owners. Last week the researchers shared the video of the GoPro’s herculean adventure from the fringes of space. Read more.