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College Students Launch GoPro Into Space, Discover Its Footage Two Years Later (Video)

| by Emily Smith
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Two years after launching a GoPro camera into space, a group of Stanford University students has finally received their footage back (video below).

“We planned our June 2013 launch at a specific time and place such that the phone was projected to land in an area with cell coverage,” one student wrote on Reddit, according to Tech Insider. “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 plan was to float the GoPro some 19 miles above the Earth, then parachute it back down. However, the package never returned to the original spot.

Over the next two years, the students placed bets on when, or if, the GoPro would be returned to them.

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Luckily a hiker discovered the GoPro two years later.

“She brings it to an AT&T store, and they identify my friend’s SIM card,” one student wrote. “We got the footage and data a few weeks later!”

The group then compiled the data into a four minute clip.

To date, the video has been viewed nearly 4 million times. 

Sources: LJ Review, Tech Insider

Photo Credit: Bryan Chan/YouTube