Father and son team launch spacecraft.

OK, this is pretty wild and too cool not to post about! Apparently a father and son team used a weather balloon to launch an iphone and video camera up 100,000 feet above the surface of the Earth. At that altitude, the balloon exploded, and the foam "craft" began to descend again, using wings and a parachute to slow entry. It survived - taking video the whole way, and was recovered using the GPS on the iphone.

So, Apple can now advertise that really, REALLY - no matter where you go, even if you've frozen to death in the nearer reaches of space - your iphone will still work...!

I think this is a pretty amazing little experiment. Talk about a way to get a kid interested in space exploration. Maybe we should encourage more of this sort of thing!

Here's the video they put up: