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Student balloon snaps spectacular photos of shuttle launch

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BRONSON, Fla. (CBS 8) - A truly unique view of the space shuttle Endeavour's launch was beamed back to Earth from the edge of space thanks to a local non-profit and the help of some San Diego high school students.

The group "Quest for Stars" captured video and images of the shuttle from a high-altitude balloon poised tens of thousands of feet above the planet.

Students from High Tech High and Westview High School helped design the pod that held the cameras.

The balloon, dubbed "Senatobia-1" was released about an hour before the NASA launch, and multiple cameras recorded the Endeavour as it passed by at 64,000 feet.

Quest for Stars CEO Bobby Russell shared new pictures and video of the project with the News 8 Morning Team. Watch his interview.

To see more pictures and video from "Senatobia-1" or to find out how your school can get involved, visit


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