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Owlstone Photography Competition at the Department of Engineering 2007 entries

Henry Hallam: 'Earth from 32km'
Henry Hallam, Robert Fryers, Carl Morland, Daniel Strange and Iain Waugh : 'Earth from 32km'

Henry Hallam, Robert Fryers, Carl Morland, Daniel Strange and Iain Waugh
'Earth from 32km'

This unenhanced photograph was taken at 105,000ft with a camera on board the unmanned "Nova 1" mission to the stratosphere. Cambridge University Spaceflight is a student-run organisation composed mainly of Engineering undergraduates who are developing balloon and rocket technology to enable cheap experiments in the near-space environment. Acknowledgements: CU Spaceflight 2006.

The students set themselves a sky-high goal to launch a rocket into space for under 1000. The first component of the system has been tested, producing this spectacular image of the curvature of the Earth from the upper atmosphere. The team used a high altitude helium balloon to launch their tiny payload, no bigger than a lunchbox. Packed with instrumentation, it flew to nearly four times the height of Everest before descending by parachute, taking photographs throughout the flight.
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