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Pop! Incredible Photo of Balloon Bursting in Space

A GoPro camera captured the image high over northern Greece
Related: Space
SlaRos project/Facebook
This breathtaking photo shows a high-altitude balloon moments after it burst at a mind-bending 111,000 feet above northern Greece. The balloon was launched by the SlaRos project, which bills itself as Greece's the first sub-orbital photography effort. The image was captured by a GoPro Hero3 HD camera.

NASA's Earth Science website featured the image as its photo of the day Sept. 19, 2013, pointing out that all high-altitude balloons explode when the atmospheric pressure drops so low that the balloon can't contain the expanding gas inside of it.

See video of the balloon bursting at 4:26 below.



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paxrail

Pretty useless. Spinning video of the earth. Yawn. Think I'll get one of those cameras, though!

September 22 2013 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
great tragedy

Wondering why there were no flames when falling ? and what happened at the end ?

September 22 2013 at 11:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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gharrison

I am disappointed in the lack of knowledge displayed by so many of the posters about basic science. Things burn up when they hit the atmosphere because they are traveling at many thousands of miles/kilometers an hour and friction of the air heats the object up. You have to go approximately 17,000 mph to reach LEO (low Earth orbit) where the International Space Station is. This balloon/camera floated straight up then fell straight down. At the most it reached a couple of hundred miles an hour while falling. The balloon reached the upper atmosphere. It did not go into space. Surplus weather balloons can be bought for less than $100. You get your camera and cheap cell phone (with GPS locator function) back when it reaches the ground. A lot of high school and Jr high school science classes have done this. The web is full of videos like this. This was NOT an expensive government project.

January 11 2014 at 8:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
venturamickey

Its a space condom

September 22 2013 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dn2erth4u

Know what I find sad? Alien life forms will know that Earth is inhabited because of all the space trash floating around our planet. Ugh. Is this kind of stunt really necessary?

September 22 2013 at 6:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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codifex maximus

I think this ballon that burst was the one taking the camera up. After the burst, the camera fell back to earth as it was not in orbit. The ballon was not in orbit so it too fell back to earth.

September 22 2013 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tony

pointing out that all high-altitude balloons explode when the atmospheric pressure drops so low that the balloon can't contain the expanding gas inside of it.
That is an incorrect statement. It did NOT explode, it burst. BIG difference.

September 22 2013 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nearpalmer

I can't fully understand the sound... space is a vacuum, is it not? Unless it's close enough to be recorded...? Don't be idiots :p The junk will deteriorate on the way back down through the atmosphere at a o longer controlled speed so therefore we have nothing to worry about. If it wasn't high enough to get burned up, I will fall anyways and get crumpled on the landing.

September 22 2013 at 5:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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alecapitan

the camera was not in space just super high earth altitude.

September 22 2013 at 6:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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codifex maximus

Truly. The balloon will only rise above a denser or heavier gas modified by the payload weight.

Also, there wasn't any real orbital velocity to speak of so there would be no burning up as a result of it. That's not to say that the increased power of the sun wouldn't cause some combustible to ignite but there wouldn't be enough available oxygen to support a fire.

September 22 2013 at 8:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
rmiles7336

WE! Are not impressed...

September 22 2013 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mksrs

I Googled the camera, GoPro Hero3 HD camera. It is called the Worlds Most Versatile Camera. They have cameras with Wi-Fi Built-In. Wi-Fi Remote + App Compatible. I also Googled the SlaRos project. It is Facebook and I do not do Facebook.

September 22 2013 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarasvati

Whoa! Glad I watched that on an empty stomach! Really, "Are" tax dollars...in GREECE? With a private company? The balloon never reached the vacuum of space, people. That's why it was able to remain intact until the pressure de-equalized at the upper reaches of the atmosphere. And guess what? The camera started falling back to Earth under the influence of gravity, and so did the balloon pieces! They'll burn up on the way down, so hence, no garbage in space! Come on, people, this is 8th grade stuff! I'm sure the people in the project understood what would happen and factored that in to their experiment. I'm sure they had data to collect.

September 22 2013 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Pam

"Are"? And if you read the article, this is a Greek project. NASA can take photos from space all around the earth; that is 8th grade knowledge. ;0

September 22 2013 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Pam

Though this is clearly credited to the Greek project.

September 22 2013 at 7:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
Keith

They will not burn up. Did Felix Baumgartner burn up when he jumped from over 128,000 feet in 2012? No. Now... if the balloon was outside of the atmosphere and was travelling at an extreme speed THEN entered the upper atmosphere, yes... it would burn up. The reason meteors, spaceships and the like burn up or need heat shields is because of the tremendous speeds they are moving when they hit the atmosphere.

September 22 2013 at 11:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gmwett

Great film for those who questioned the moon landings because they could not see any stars in the photos. Where are the stars, other than the sun, in this video?

September 22 2013 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tony

They are near uranus. Have a nice day & you r welcome.

September 22 2013 at 5:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
codifex maximus

The camera never left the atmosphere. The atmosphere is composed of gas that is absorbing sunlight. The atoms of the gas are energized by the sun, the electrons jump to higher orbits, when the orbits decay, light is released which causes the atmosphere to glow blotting out the starlight.

September 22 2013 at 8:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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