Brooklyn Father and Son Take to the Final Frontier

By Elliott Beazley
|  Thursday, Oct 21, 2010  |  Updated 3:58 PM EDT
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A Brooklyn father and son successfully launched a weather balloon experiment in Earth's stratosphere with some eye-catching results.

Alongside the Brooklyn Space Program, the team used hand-warmers inside an insulated capsule that went 19 miles into the sky and a parachute to carry the contraption safely back to ground level.

Luke Geissbühler and his 7-year-old son Max posted video of the mid-September journey  Sept 15, where viewers can see the balloon reaching an altitude of about 100,000 feet and battling 100-mph winds.

Once the balloon bursts, sending the camera and iPhone hurtling back to earth at rates of 150 m.p.h., a parachute attached to the capsule eventually slowed it to about 15 m.p.h.

Using the iPhone's GPS, the team found the camera in upstate New York about 30 miles from the launch site. Check out this video from the team:


Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

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