(credit: Troy Hale)

(credit: Troy Hale)

EAST LANSING (WWJ) – A weather balloon launched by a group from Michigan State University to capture images from high in the atmosphere rose to about 105,000 feet before plummeting back to Earth.

Instructor Troy Hale and the film-making and broadcast journalism students launched the camera-laden balloon Sunday from Grand Rapids, capturing hours of video footage.

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“I’ve always been a fan of space and this is kind of the closest I’ll ever get to it,” Hale told WWJ’s Zahra Huber. “And what I wanted to do with this is the way we designed the camera system was so that we could bring it back to the ground and make a museum installation where we could project all the shots around and people could go inside and ride this balloon into space and feel like they were astronauts.”

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Hale said his students really enjoyed the  launch — a “side project” to get them out of the classroom.

“They want to mess with cameras, and they want to do documentaries so we’re kind of doing a behind-the-scenes documentary about our process and building this thing as well,” Hale  said. “I just find that learning outside the classroom is sometimes a lot more beneficial than sitting in a classroom pointing at a power point.”

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Hale says they also want to make a museum installation where they could project all the shots they took.

A view from the balloon. (credit: Troy Hale )

A view from the balloon. (credit: Troy Hale )