In a move that pretty much blows every other dad out of the water, Brooklyn cinematographer Luke Geissbühler and his 7-year-old son, Max, sent an iPhone and a video camera to the edge of our atmosphere, capturing the absolutely stunning footage seen in the video below. The curvature of the earth is clearly visible, backed by a Planet Earth–esque light.
After eight months of research and low-altitude test runs, the father-son pair used a combination of a weather balloon, a parachute, an insulated capsule, and hand warmers to send the phone and camera 100,000 feet above the planet’s surface.
When the balloons finally burst after 70 minutes, causing the package to plummet back to earth in a custom foam-cushioned container, daddy Geissbühler used the iPhone’s GPS tracking to trace its location, when it finally landed 30 miles from their launch site. (The whole endeavor took place in upstate New York, near Newburgh.)
The story has since been covered by media outlets across the board, from MSNBC to the Atlantic. Geissbühler now has a website called the Brooklyn Space Program, which features the video along with instructions for how aspiring space explorers can experiment on their own.