The PhoneSats aren't much bigger than a coffee mug (Image: NASA)
Image taken by the PhoneSat-1 (Bell) nanosatellite and reconstructed by the Ames Phonesat Team (Image: NASA Ames)
Image was taken by the PhoneSat-2 (Graham) nanosatellite (Image: NASA Ames)
These images of Earth were reconstructed from photos taken by three smartphones in orbit (Image: NASA Ames)
High altitude balloon test of PhoneSat 1.0 (Image: NASA)
When most people send images from their smartphones, they tend to be of what the photographer is having for dinner or someone doing something very silly in the pub [or cats – Ed]. NASA has raised the bar for phone snaps out of the atmosphere by using smartphones installed in "nanosatellites" in low Earth orbit to send back images of the Earth. The three satellites, called Alexander, Graham and Bell, flew in space between April 21 and 27 as part of a mission to show how satellites could be built cheaper using off-the-shelf components.
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