British 19 year-old Adam Cudworth accomplished a feat generally reserved for astronauts and NASA scientists. Using a simple do-it-yourself project that he created during his spare time after school and then launched last Thursday, Cudworth took pictures of the Earth from space.
Cudworth’s homemade spacecraft included a camera he purchased from eBay for just under $50, a GPS to aid in the retrieval of the device once it landed, a radio transmitter, and a microprocessor all encased in an insulated weatherproof box. The British teen launched the device 20 miles into the sky with the aid of a large helium weather balloon reports Yahoo! News.
The device recorded two and a half hours of incredible video footage comparable to the images NASA’s team would produce after spending hundreds of millions of dollars and given much more technologically advanced instruments and tools. The Daily Mail notes that Cudworth is modest about the feat he accomplished, stating:
“I just wanted to set myself a challenge — but I’m amazed at the results. I saw a guy who did a similar thing a couple of years back and I just wanted to recreate them — but better.”