Hiker finds GoPro from outer space with some incredible footage
A couple of years ago, student Bryan Chan and a few of his friends attached a GoPro, camcorder and phone to a weather balloon and sent it up in the air. The friends wanted shots of the Grand Canyon from the stratosphere and Chan said they had been planning the journey for months.
Unfortunately for the group, some bad cell coverage and unexpected signal outages caused the group to lose contact with the GoPro.
Chan explained on Reddit:
That could have been the end of the story but in an out-of-this-world twist of fate, a hiker came upon the GoPro in a barren desert -- two years later. Even more ironic is that the woman worked for AT&T and brought the phone into an AT&T store where the company was able to identify the SIM card. The mobile carrier was able to send the gang the footage and data a few weeks later, Chan said.
The problem was that the coverage map we were relying on (looking at you, AT&T) was not accurate, so the phone never got signal as it came back to Earth, and we never heard from it.
The story and the footage from the GoPro itself is nothing short of stellar. The HD action camera got some incredible shots of the Grand Canyon from the stratosphere and Chan posted the results on YouTube. It's seriously a sight to behold.
GoPros have caught some incredible moments - literally. Watch this skydiver drop his GoPro mid-flight, only for it to be caught by his fellow diver:
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