Stunning image of earth from space
Adam Cudworth captures stunning Images of Earth From Space With Second-Hand £30 Camera. Credit: Twitter/@adamcudworthReuters

A 19-year-old boy from UK has captured stunning images of Earth from space. The images looked like they were taken from NASA's multi-million pound satellite, but were in fact actually taken from a second-hand camera worth £30 (around ₹2600).

Adam Cudworth from Ombersley, Worcestershire, captured the amazing images using a helium balloon and a Canon A570 camera bought on eBay some 18 months ago.

Cudworth, a student of University of Nottingham with Physics A-Level as background in science, successfully captured the incredible images on a £200 (₹17,730) budget.

He spent 40 hours working on a home-made device which consisted of a GPS, radio and microprocessor. The device soared to a height of 110,210 feet when he released it last Thursday, Daily Telegraph reported.

Apart from the three key tools, he also positioned a camera, a small video camera, two temperature sensors and two high-performance solar panels in the insulated box which he secured to a high altitude, two metre latex balloon on a parachute, CTV news reported.

The home-made device took about two-and-a-half hours to float over 20 miles up into Earth's stratosphere.

Cudworth used the GPS and radio transmitter to keep a track of the balloon's progress and to locate its landing spot which was about 30 miles away from his home.

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Cudworth said that his incredible work was nothing more than "a little project."

"It's just a bit of hobby, really. I just wanted to set myself a challenge - but I'm amazed at the results. I saw a guy who did a similar thing a couple of years back and I just wanted to recreate them - but better," he said according to The Sun.

"I have no background in astrophysics or anything like that - I'm just an engineering student. People think it's something that costs millions of pounds, but I've proved you can do it on just a £200 budget," he added.  

Adam Cudworth captures stunning Images of Earth From Space With Second-Hand £30 Camera. Credit: Twitter/@adamcudworth
Adam Cudworth captures stunning Images of Earth From Space With Second-Hand £30 Camera. Credit: Twitter/@adamcudworth