WATCH: The Grand Canyon As Seen From Space
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You may have seen the Grand Canyon, with its sweeping views, shockingly forthright squirrels and endless tourists, but you’ve never seen it like this.
Blowing up the Internet right now is some dazzling footage of one of the world’s most iconic landmarks as seen from the dizzying heights of the earth’s atmosphere. According to the video’s description on user Bryan Chan’s YouTube page, “In June 2013, a group of friends launched a weather balloon a few miles from Tuba City, Arizona. Enjoy the video of our launch preparations, video footage, and some data analysis of the flight.”
But that’s not half the story. It turns out, the reason you’re only just now having your mind blown by this footage is because despite the best efforts of GPS tracking and the fact that it’s a giant balloon, the device carrying the camera was actually lost for two years.
Writing on Reddit, one of the intrepid souls involved with this project wrote, “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. 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… TWO YEARS LATER, in a twist of ironic fate, a woman who works at AT&T was on a hike one day and spotted our phone in the barren desert. She brings it to an AT&T store, and they identify my friend's SIM card. We got the footage and data a few weeks later!”
Thanks to the outdoorsy hobbies of one AT&T worker, we are now blessed with some of the most jaw-dropping eye candy we’ve seen all year.
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