6440171 story Australian Student Balloon Rises 100,000 Feet, With a Digital Camera 174 Posted by timothy on Thursday October 15, 2009 @11:11PM from the shame-about-the-iso-setting dept. hype7 writes "An Australian student at Deakin University had a fascinating idea for a final project — to send a balloon up 100,000ft (~30,000 metres) into the stratosphere with a digital camera attached. The university was supportive, and the project took shape. Although there were some serious hitches along the way, the project was successful, and he managed to retrieve the balloon — with the pictures. What's really amazing is that the total cost was so low; the most expensive part was buying the helium gas for approximately AUD$250 (~USD$200)."