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This Guy Used a GoPro and a Balloon to Film the Edge of Space

How far can a GoPro and a balloon go?

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“I want to be an astronaut!”

This is a common conversation among kids, and it isn’t at all bad. I mean, kids are kids and they have every right to dream, just like everybody else. The thing is, not everyone who ever dreamt of becoming an astronaut gets to fulfill their dream (Come on, Astrophysics and Quantum Mechanics of the Interstellar Medium? I won’t survive even a day of college!).

For some, the closest that they can get to becoming an astronaut is through improvisation.

And boy, some people just have a knack for that.

Julian Wessel grew up dreaming of becoming an astronaut. He recently launched his J.W. Astronomy Stratosphere Project.

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Meet Julian Wessel.

Julian Wessel had long wanted to become an astronaut. So, to fulfill his dream in his own small way, he decided to fill a weather balloon with helium, attach a parachute and a GoPro camera to it, and yes, you guessed it right – launch it for it to reach the stratosphere. He also attached a GPS tracker, which will allow him to retrieve the camera once it falls back down to Earth’s surface, and used Lithium batteries for power supply.

The result of his project was beyond astounding!

The GoPro captured the moment the balloon was released to the moment the balloon burst at about 30 kilometers altitude.

See the video for yourself:

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Learn more about how Julian achieved this project on his website.

 

 

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This Font Simulates What It’s Like to Have Dyslexia

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to try to read when you have dyslexia?

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Dyslexia is a condition wherein a person has trouble reading, even if they have normal intelligence. This includes having a tough time trying to spell, read, and write words, as well as difficulty in pronouncing and understanding words. It's estimated that 1 out of 10 people have some form of dyslexia, which is why it's important for those who don't have dyslexia to empathize with those who do.

This is how a someone with dyslexia might see words.

This is how a someone with dyslexia might see words.

How can we do this? Graphic Designer Daniel Britton has created a font to simulate what it's like to have dyslexia. He designed this font in his final year in university to raise awareness of the condition.

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Elon Musk Reveals His Ambitious Plan to Send One Million People to Mars

It certainly is ambitious.

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This is not the first plan to send man to Mars, definitely. But when Elon Musk explains it, it seems legit and it even possible.

The billionaire revealed his grand plan at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Mexico. His proposal, called the Interplanetary Transport System (ITS) involves sending people to Mars, 100 at a time, using a giant rocket. The rocket is said to be even bigger than NASA's Saturn V, which makes it the biggest in history.

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Elon Musk Reveals Photos of Raptor Engine, SpaceX’s Powerful New Engine

Elon Musk tweets images of his powerful new engine, the Raptor,

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Elon Musk has finally revealed photos of SpaceX's Raptor engine via Twitter last Monday. This engine will be use dfor his "Interplanetary Transport System." These photos were revealed on the eve of his speech on Tuesday at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, where Musk will out the elements of his vision for humanity to live in other planets.

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