One British teen, armed with a few inexpensive items purchased off eBay, proves that as technology gets more accessible, really cool projects are within the reach of anybody with the know-how and imagination.
Nineteen-year-old Adam Cudworth, of the U.K., captured incredible images of the Earth from nearly 20 miles above--all for under $600.
Using a homemade device, Cudworth launched a camera last Thursday that returned to the ground carrying great photos of the planet's curvature.
The Telegraph reports:
"I saw a guy who did a similar thing a couple of years back and I just wanted to recreate them - but better," Cudworth said. "I have no background in astrophysics or anything like that, I'm just an engineering student. When I retrieved the camera I was stunned - it had captured some incredible photos and footage."
The HABE 5 took about 40 hours to complete, and climbed up to 110,210 ft in the air. Cudworth added that he plans to add the ability to control the box, not just track it.