Watch A Balloon Explode 100,000 Feet Above The Earth

We've seen a lot of DIY space balloons, and they're all usually pretty similar to look at. Balloon goes UP. Balloon comes DOWN. Sorta-outer-space in between. Caleb Anderson's looks a little different. Because he sent a bunch of cameras up, and because they caught the balloon exploding like a wad of pudding and dispersing into the stratosphere.

Anderson has a comprehensive writeup of the effort it took to get the balloon in the air and syncing up the videos, which are interesting if you like staring at sound wave patterns. But the real cool stuff is the videos. His synced final product, with all six videos at once, is pretty great, and this balloon explosion makes me want to see more stuff exploded in the stratosphere. Hell, I'd watch a Gallagher act at 100,000 feet. [Operation StratoSphere via Hacker News]


    gotta say that was pretty lame

      As lame as


      They put up a video of a balloon exploding on the edge of space and you think it's lame. Wow, what a joy you must be to have at parties, sir. Well done and thanks for bringing the tone down.

    If you want to see a much better Atmo balloon blast check out the episode of James Mays Man Lab where they put the ashes of dead pets into the balloon then send it up. Pretty cool

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