Brooklyn Space Program

Saturday Morning Open Thread: The Edge of Space, Backyard Amateur Edition

This is an incredible father-son project, not to mention one heck of an innovative accomplishment:

Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.

Father and son film outer space, do-it-yourself style
By Stephen Messenger, TreeHugger
Posted Fri Oct 8, 2010 12:30pm PDT

Like many youngsters, and those young at heart, seven-year-old Max Geissbuhler and his dad dreamed of visiting space -- and armed with just a weather balloon, a video camera, and an iPhone, in a way they did just that.

The father-and-son team from Brooklyn managed to send their homemade spacecraft up nearly 19 miles, high into the stratosphere, bringing back perhaps the most impressive amateur space footage ever. ...


What kind of projects did you do with your parents when you were a kid? And, perhaps most importantly, what kind of projects do you do with your kids (or siblings' kids, or neighborhood kids, if you don't have any of your own)?

The possibilities in this world of ever-advancing, affordable technologies are nearly endless.

Share your tale(s) in the comments below, and remember: this is an Open Thread.