A YouTube video showing the Grand Canyon from the Stratosphere has emerged on YouTube.
"In June 2013, a group of friends launched a weather balloon a few miles from Tuba City, Arizona. Enjoy the video of our launch preparations, video footage, and some data analysis of the flight," Bryan Chan writes in the description section of the video sharing site.
As of early Friday, the video had 149 vides, but that is sure to change soon.
The balloon soars thousands of feet in minutes and keeps going. It eventually captures breathtaking views of the earth and Grand Canyon from space.
The group used a "GoPro Hero3, Sony Camcorder, Samsung Galaxy Note II phone," Chan writes. "The GoPro and camcorder were recording video footage, while the phone was taking still images."
On Reddit, the owner says:
"Some background on this picture: myself and four friends sent a weather balloon with a GoPro, camcorder, and phone back in June 2013. Due to some unexpected cell signal outages we never heard back from it that day. We were all moping around, making bets on when (if ever) it would be found for a while when just a couple months ago, a woman contacts us about finding a weird box with our name on it! We were all freaking out for a few days after we got a hold of all the video footage and data.
I also pulled together a balloon flight video of the launch preparations, flight video, and some post-processed results."
So, me and some friends launched a weather balloon in Arizona. Here's an awesome picture of Earth that the side GoPro captured at around 98,000 ft. The Grand Canyon is near the top left part of the frame.
Maybe a galaxy far, far away isn't far away after all.
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