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No, the title does not reflect any case of dyslexia on my part. I decided rather than focus on Astrophotography (which I tend to do), today I’m featuring Stratophotography. And, on Wired they’re featuring a DIY success story for taking your own strato-photos. From Wired:

For $148 in off-the-shelf parts, two Massachusetts Institute of Technology students have taken pictures from the edge of space.

Justin Lee and Oliver Yeh’s DIY dirigible launched on September 2 from Sturbridge, Massachusetts and rose 18 miles before popping. It was recovered, photographs intact, upon landing in a nearby construction site.

Team Icarus ready for launch
Team Icarus ready for launch


According to the team’s website, there is a third space-photographer: Eric Newton. The team “will be posting a step-by-step illustrated guide on how to do a launch for $150 shortly. Also, we will be posting a Youtube video of the time-lapse photographs,” any day now (no date on their news bulletin, so not sure if “today” actually means “today” if you catch my drift).

They also give credit to some other launches that have come before.

Just a feel-good, space story for all you avid DIYers or space lovers.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.