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Ordinary Guys Send Picture-Taking Balloon 22.27 Miles High

TheSiege

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i was surprised to hear that they were able to recover the gear, seems like wind and such would make that kind of hard
 

Aharami

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Originally posted by: TheSiege
i was surprised to hear that they were able to recover the gear, seems like wind and such would make that kind of hard
i believe they had a tracking device on it
 
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Originally posted by: Aharami
Originally posted by: TheSiege
i was surprised to hear that they were able to recover the gear, seems like wind and such would make that kind of hard
i believe they had a tracking device on it
Yeah, but even then, at that altitude, you'd think the thing might land in China.
 

Cattlegod

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I"m also surprised that the camera worked at that altitude. It had to have been soooo cold up there. Even at 40,000 feet it is -50 degrees out.
 

soydios

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whoa, cool

yeah, how'd they manage the temperature? the lubricants on the shutter mechanics would gum up at such a low temperature. electric heaters?
 

slpaulson

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Originally posted by: Cattlegod
I"m also surprised that the camera worked at that altitude. It had to have been soooo cold up there. Even at 40,000 feet it is -50 degrees out.
I don't know what the temp is at that altitude, but it gets warmer as you go up in the stratosphere.

It's still going to be below freezing though. At the top of the stratosphere at ~50km up it's about -3C.
 

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