I love it when someone does a thing both audacious and deceptively practical. Two students at MIT successfully launched a digital camera to 93,000 feet using a weather balloon and recovered it. Their total project costs were in the $150 range, well within the means of the average human.
That’s high enough to see the black sky of near-space. The recovery was done via a Boost Mobile phone with GPS. The image above is from the project’s website at space.1337arts.com. Go check it out and make a donation. They deserve it.