COMM: Greek engineer Kostas Tamateas has captured spectacular images of Earth from the edge
of space. The project used a homemade high-altitude helium balloon and a capsule containing tracking
devices and cameras. COMM: Three years in the making, Kostas who works as a software engineer, managed to build
it for just €2,500. Fittingly he named it Slaros, after the inventor, Tesla and the
ancient myth of Icarus. COMM: Once inflated, the balloon rose 21 miles into the atmosphere, capturing breathtaking
images on the way up. As the atmospheric pressure decreased, the gas inside the balloon expanded
until it popped, sending the device plummeting back to Earth. COMM: Locating the pod took an entire week and Kostas was rewarded when NASA commended
his work. COMM: He hopes to launch more balloons in the future.