Amazing pictures captured by weather balloon launched into space by schoolchildren

The Norbridge Academy year-five class that launched the weather balloon into space.
The Norbridge Academy year-five class that launched the weather balloon into space.

Children from a primary school in Worksop have captured some stunning pictures of planet Earth after launching a weather balloon more than ten miles into the sky.

The balloon was released by year-five youngsters at Norbridge Academy on Stanley Street, who watched in amazement as it flew into space.

One of the first photos captured by the weather balloon just after take-off.

One of the first photos captured by the weather balloon just after take-off.

It was equipped with a GoPro camera, which was set to take time-lapse photos, a GPS tracking device and also a black box. It travelled 85 miles on its two-hour flight before landing near Stoke-on-Trent.

After the balloon had been successfully recovered by a helpful search team, the Norbridge children were astonished by the revealing pictures that had been taken.

In total, the camera captured more than 700 photos, which show the remarkable journey the balloon took as it scaled a height far above the clouds. The youngsters talked about what they could see, including the curvature of Earth, and they imagined what it would be like to be in space.

George Huthart, head teacher at the school, said: “This was a fantastic project that the class took on, and we are delighted it was so successful.

“Everything had to be planned carefully, including the use of software to predict where the balloon would land and contacting air traffic control to get permission to launch it.

“The pictures it captured are incredible, and it was amazing to see the excitement as the children viewed them. Our school belief is ‘Be The Best You Can Be’, and that was exemplified by this project.”