Students send Nikon Coolpix to the edge of space


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Ralph Graves is one of Crutchfield's blog editors, and part of the company's social media team. He writes about home audio/video gear, specializing in Apple-related and wireless technologies. Ralph holds a master's degree in music composition, and his works have been released on various labels. He's served as product manager for an independent classical and world music label, produced several recordings, and worked extensively in public broadcasting. Since 1984 he's hosted a weekly classical music program on WTJU, and is also active as a blogger and podcaster.

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So what can you do with a Nikon Coolpix point-and-shoot camera? Well, many people take them along when they travel, but seldom like this. High school students at the IES La Bisbal School in Spanish Catalonia sent their Nikon Coolpix into the stratosphere with a heavy-duty helium-filled balloon. The camera sailed 20 miles above the earth and returned. And managed to take some incredible shots along the way.

The school has put up a gallery on flickr where you can see the equipment used, and the photos from space their Coolpix brought back.