September 22nd, 2012
07:00 AM ET

14-year-old gets photos from space

A Lego man encased in a homemade weather balloon ended his journey to the edge of space on a New Hampshire driveway, bringing with him a trove of atmospheric data as well as stunning images of the curvature of the Earth.

The balloon, which landed on August 25, is the brainchild of a 14-year-old student named Jack Miron from Bedford, New Hampshire.

He didn’t know that NASA is using this technology for telescope research and studying the atmospheres of Mars, Venus and beyond.

His sights were set instead on an eighth-grade science project.



  • Elizabeth Landau
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