Who needs expensive equipment to take photos of Earth from space? As Telegraph.co.uk reports, A group of Spanish high school students and their teacher managed to do it using a $150 digital camera, an inexpensive helium balloon, and a good dose of ingenuity.
The Meteotek team from the IES La Bisbal school in Spain got the camera 30,677 m (100,646 feet) above ground level. Sharing the ride was some meteorological equipment and a GPS sensor, which allowed the students to track the contraption's journey using Google Earth.
Check out the Meteotek08 website for a first-hand account of the project and, of course, a full photo gallery of the weather balloon's ascent. The descriptions are in Catalan, but Google Translate does a decent job of turning that into mostly understandable English.