The interpid duo put the phone into an insulated capsule which was then attached to a weather balloon. The balloon soared until it went outside the planet and then, at 100,000 feet above its deployment, the balloon burst.
Father Luke Geissbuhler then logged online to track the phone’s GPS from an app he installed. It survived the plummet back to Earth, thanks to a parachute that was attached and successfully deployed, and landed just 30 miles from where it was launched.
So no matter what you brag to your friends about when you pull out your iPhone, you won’t be able to beat what Geissbuhler did. I mean, unless you sent your iPhone to Mars or something.
During the adventure, the phone was recording video of the entire thing. And who says the iPhone 4 doesn’t have a good battery life? It’s possible aliens picked up the phone while it was in space but probably couldn’t get it to work because of its antenna problems.
Anyway, it really is quite a remarkable feat. Check out the video of the little iPhone’s brief time in space:
Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.
This isn’t the craziest thing we’ve ever seen amateurs send into space. Last year, some British guys decided to send cheese to infinity and beyond. But alas, cheese can’t record its mission.