GoPro HD Hero in space! Face to face with the Northern Lights

Aurora-Borealis

Aurora-Borealis

We recently borrowed a GoPro HD Hero 2 to record some Parkour footage. I thought that was pretty “extreme” but they had to go and one-up me with a project *in space*.

 

 

GoPro partnered with Project Aether on an expedition to Alaska to conduct science experiments and record the first high quality images of the Aurora Borealis from the edge of space, rather than localised to Principle Skinner’s kitchen. The project sent 30 high-altitude balloon rigs attached to GoPro HD cameras up 100,000 feet into the Aurora Borealis to capture the Northern Lights.

As part of their expedition, the team used specially modified planes, equipped with skis, to land on remote glaciers in Denali for launches before utilizing dogsleds, snowmobiles, snowshoes and helicopters to track and retrieve the balloons. GoPro cameras were used to document these endeavors.

The expedition was part of GoPro and Project Aether’s ongoing partnership, designed to reignite interest in science, technology, engineering and math (S.T.E.M) with schools and students across America by using every day, 100% accessible-to-all materials in their experiments which can then be easily replicated in the classroom.

For more information about Project Aether, please visit http://education.projectaether.org/