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Old 09-15-2009, 08:48 PM   #1
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The $150 Space Camera: MIT Students Beat NASA On Beer-Money Budget | Gadget Lab | Wired.com


How freaking cool is that? They took some things they had laying around and actually took pics from space for about $150 bux. How many millions does NASA waste?

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Thats amazing.

So flipping sweet.
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Pretty damn cool!
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Nice I hope they post the pictures.
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That's awesome!
I'm surprised the camera survived considering it fell for 40mins!
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How many millions does NASA waste?
Not the same thing, at all. Very cool, but not the same thing.

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Not the same thing, at all. Very cool, but not the same thing.

And why would it be any different? Granted, it's a camera in space, not man; but beyond that...?
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Because it's not a camera in space, it's a picture of space.

Still awesome.
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It -was- a camera in space (62 miles up). Did it stay there? No. Does it have to to be a camera in space? No. I get the point you are trying to make, but I don't think you get mine.
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It is like the X-Prize. Yes the Rutan (sp) team built a ship that went into space. BUT it was not in orbit; it essentially went straight up and straight back down again. This camera thing did not achieve orbit either. Nor was it in space. There was still atmosphere, otherwise the balloon would not have appreciable buoyancy.

There is a huge difference between floating a camera up on a weather balloon and putting even a small unmanned satellite in low earth orbit. One is much harder, which is why NASA missions have large budgets.
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Not sure where you got 62 miles. It went 17 miles high
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