Portsmouth space firm captures Earth images from balloon

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A group of apprentices from a space technology company in Hampshire have captured images from the Earth's atmosphere with a £50 camera and a helium balloon.

The employees from Astrium in Portsmouth sent the camera attached to a high altitude balloon to the edge of space as part of an experiment.

The camera was contained in a special casing and was fitted with GPS and a parachute to slow its return to Earth.

The balloon took one-and-a-half hours to reach an altitude of 99,088ft (30,202m), where it burst.

The camera recorded video of the balloon's ascent and some of its descent until the memory card reached its capacity.

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