Ever wanted to see what the view is from about 100,000 feet up but just can't seem to land a flight on a government spy plane or rocket?
Well, we've got the next best thing -- a virtual ride on a weather balloon.
On Monday, Nathaniel Middleton and Matt Carpenter took a weather balloon, equipped it with a camera and a GPS transmitter, and launched it from the Potholes Reservoir. The photos the camera took were quite stunning.
Here is a compilation of the photos and launch process, which they posted on YouTube:
They say the balloons are designed to reach about 100,000 feet in altitude before popping, and Carpenter said the balloon traveled about 90 miles across Eastern Washington, coming down in a rugged area near Rock Lake.
Middleton says it took quite a lot of planning for the launch and cost roughly about $1,200.
The two are among a growing hobby of launching weather balloons and the like to capture high-altitdue photography. Just search YouTube and you can find others doing similar experiments.
Here is more information and some other photos from their launch:
And here is the path: