No longer do you have to be a trained astronaut, or have millions of dollars to go to space. Many people worldwide are taking photos of space using a homemade contraption, including two men from Greenville.
Using a balloon, parachute, camera, GPS tracking unit, and other special safety features Ryan Butcher and Joe Downing created a contraption that goes to space and takes pictures.
Their first contraption was lost because of bad weather, but the second launch was a success. And they say they now have beautiful pictures of space. Butcher says, “as soon as you start seeing the pictures with the blackness of space in the background its just really kind of surreal its really exciting stuff.”
Butcher says they plan to continue to take space pictures, and that they really enjoy their new hobby. They have also created a website to document these space adventures and give safety advice for others who want to try it. For a link to their website click below.