In 2013, classmates at Stanford University attached a GoPro to a weather balloon bound for space and sent it off into the stratosphere with hopes of catching high-resolution footage of the Grand Canyon. They attached a phone with a GPS so they could locate the camera. 90 minutes later, the balloon burst and the camera crashed down to earth and was presumed lost.
Two years later, an AT&T agent hiking in the Arizona desert found the box and returned it to its owners. Last week, the researchers shared the video of the GoPro’s amazing adventures from the edge of space and back.
According to The New York Times, the students’ “original goal was to obtain video of the Grand Canyon that they could modify with a special camera technique that one of the team members had developed, called fluid lensing.” Find out more about their original project here.