January 10th, 2013
12:03 PM ET

Cameras crash from 65,000 feet, videos survive

By Chris Erickson, CNN

I didn't set out to crash three GoPro cameras and another $1,000 worth of electronics from more than 65,000 feet.

I simply wanted to organize a visual story for 12 international journalists who were visiting CNN headquarters in Atlanta in June. Getting video from the "edge of space" seemed like an easy idea that would make for great television and a great story.

In the past few years, low-orbit photography - that is, taking photos and videos from high up in the atmosphere - has been growing as a hobby. As cameras and GPS devices become cheaper and more reliable, just about anyone can do it, not just tech geeks.


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