Images of Earth from space for $150

 Oliver Yeh spent less than $150 on a secondhand camera, a GPS-enabled cell phone, a balloon and a polystyrene coolbox which he launched from a field in Massachusetts.

The result was a time-lapse array of stunning photographs from the edge of space that could easily have come from Nasa, with its $17 billion annual budget. Yeh, a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, enlisted two friends to help with Project Icarus, which he dreamed up to prove that it was possible to reach the upper levels of the atmosphere even on a tight budget. The camera was placed inside coolbox to protect it from -40C temperatures miles above earth’s surface. He cut a hole for the lens then hooked the camera up to a computer programme that instructed it to take photos every five seconds.

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