Space balloon films incredible journey

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A group of DIY space explorers from New York have sent a weather balloon on an amazing journey to the edge of the earth's atmosphere.

The Brooklyn Space Program launched their balloon from a site in New York state. Inside a specially designed and weighted case sat a smartphone, recording the whole adventure.

It soared upwards, quickly breaking through low lying clouds and beyond. The homemade craft reached a height of around 100,000 feet before finally bursting and hurtling back to earth.

On the way down, the filming continued as the phone reached speeds of 150 miles an hour.

A parachute slowed the mobile down to 15 mph, with the battery lasting until just two minutes before returning to earth.

Using the phone's GPS signal and a light beacon on the casing, the successful team found the battered casing shell, with the phone still intact, just 30 miles from the launch site.

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