Nine-year old sends camera into space

by Mark R

Some of you might remember when we reported the two MIT students who managed to take pictures of the curvature of the Earth with about 150 dollars worth of materials. It would appear that they aren’t the only ones, and their efforts have been imitated by a nine-year-old.

Yes, this boy, Isaac Kubas, managed to build the apparatus that took the cool picture which you see to the right. I’m certain from what the mother says that he had some help, at least with the higher math skills.

His invention had a camera that snapped one picture each minute, and they tracked it with a cell phone GPS. They actually lost the signal during their experiment, and thought it was lost somewhere in Illinois. It was actually found about 125 miles away from its starting point of Austin, Texas.

Well, this is definitely one giant step in the life of Isaac Kubas, and he plans on entering his project for his 4H club. Oh man, how would you like to be one of the other kids at that science fair? Do you honestly think that your baking soda volcano will stand a chance to the kid who made a space-faring balloon? I didn’t think so.

Since Isaac is the second person that we have reported on who has done this, then we should really call this hobby something. How about “curvature ballooning”?


5 reviews or comments

hukiworld Says: June 24, 2010 at 5:45 am

Not impressed since mother already stated he had help so the whole “9yr old” did this on his own is a busted myth now lol! If I take pictures underwater 10,000ft below but had an MIT friend build it, can I say I did this on my own? See my point?

Itsme Says: June 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Laugh all you want. I know this kid, and his mom did not build or do the project for him. Some 9 year olds are capable of doing more than just playing video games.

Peter Says: July 5, 2010 at 8:04 pm

That balloon was launched from Minnesota, NOT Texas!

Himynameis Says: July 18, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I know isaac too he did this by himself it was his idea and design AND HIS OWN MONEY

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