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For a measly 150 US dollars you can now send a camera into space. MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) students Justin Lee and Oliver Yeh used a helium balloon and put a camera in a cooler and launched it 28km into the stratosphere.

They tracked the device with a GPS-enabled cellphone (for 50 dollars) and found it 32km from the launch site. It took photos of Earth and space every 5 seconds and the flight took 5 hours in total. Read more and see how to make and launch your own space camera over at Popular Mechanics and see the entire hardware list and the result at 1337arts.