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Nexus S Gets Sent to Space (the S is for Space?)

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Boldly going where no Droid has gone before... no wait... they have... in a galaxy far, far away.

Our mobile phones, like our key rings, are some of our best-travelled devices. They go everywhere we do, be it in our pockets or in our bags.

While most of us keep our feet planted on the ground while we're moving about, it's nice to know that the Nexus S can travel with us should we decide to ascend about a hundred thousand feet into the atmosphere.

Those awesome Googlers have built a weather balloon apparatus to send the Nexus S into space to take videos as well as record sensor data from its GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, and magnetometer.

Check out the videos below, as well as some pictures here and the blog post here.

Android in SPACE!

Android in SPACE!

Android in SPACE!

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    michalmierzwa , December 26, 2010 5:00 PM
    Awesome!
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    elcentral , December 26, 2010 5:11 PM
    space Androids final frontier, or is it?
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    the_krasno , December 26, 2010 5:25 PM
    This is their mission, to boldly go, where no smartphone has gone before...
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    grillz9909 , December 26, 2010 5:45 PM
    inb4 iphone was already in space
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    Albyint , December 26, 2010 6:23 PM
    It wont be long until we have 50g service in earths outer lagrange points. Gundam, here we come.
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    squanto , December 26, 2010 7:13 PM
    I have to say it, space is recognized to be about 300000 feet. Can you believe though that a man "sky dived" from 101000 feet back to earth?
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    Anonymous , December 26, 2010 8:02 PM
    You can't send a balloon into space, balloons only work in the atmosphere. You can send balloons to a little over 100k feet easily, but that is no where close to the actual accepted altitude where "space" starts. It is only 1/3 of the way there. Please stop posting these incorrect headlines every single time someone launches a weather balloon with a phone or a camera on it.

    And just an FYI, people have been doing these amateur balloons for decades with phones and cameras on board. On average there are several launched per month all over the world. None of the balloon groups claim to fly these things into space, only news websites who don't understand how a balloon floats put up these stupid headlines about a balloon going into space. The amateur community likes the term "near space" so use that please.
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    doron , December 26, 2010 9:09 PM
    grillz9909inb4 iphone was already in space


    He said smartphone dummy :p 
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    p4nz3rm4d , December 26, 2010 11:34 PM
    More like an asteroid than an android
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    CoryInJapan , December 27, 2010 2:53 AM
    So with all the economical problems and hunger in the world and all the fighting going on..this is the best thing we can come up with? sad =/
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    cmartin011 , December 27, 2010 3:40 AM
    i would have liked a little more interesting experiment like long distance high altitude recon balloon strapped with cell phones with special apps and high tech battery and usb device to relay instant media back and forth.
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    cmartin011 , December 27, 2010 3:46 AM
    how they receive the date back? 3g att? not likely about 4,000ft service runs dead from airport. must have had a satellite link or a transmitter amplifier on board. where are the details tom? come on!!!
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    NuclearShadow , December 27, 2010 3:56 AM
    CoryInJapanSo with all the economical problems and hunger in the world and all the fighting going on..this is the best thing we can come up with? sad =/


    I don't know about you but this has clearly made me inspired to hire more cubical dwellers, donate money to feed the hungry, and to stop buying my wife those beautiful blood diamonds.
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    Parsian , December 27, 2010 7:33 AM
    i believe DATA is the grand grand grand son of this Droid
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    nebun , December 27, 2010 11:15 AM
    cool, but they made it a little dramatic.
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    igot1forya , December 27, 2010 12:28 PM
    squantoI have to say it, space is recognized to be about 300000 feet. Can you believe though that a man "sky dived" from 101000 feet back to earth?

    That same man broke the sound-barrier wearing nothing but a space suit due to the thin atmosphere at 100K/ft! That had to be one heck of a sky-dive! :) 
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    cookoy , December 27, 2010 12:45 PM
    very neat marketing stunt - just plain outdoor fun!
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    vittau , December 27, 2010 3:43 PM
    I wouldn't want to be at that droid's landing point.
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    eddieroolz , January 3, 2011 1:22 AM
    Cool.
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