Best Space Photos of the Week - Feb. 11, 2012

Student Launches MIT Acceptance Letter to Near Space

Erin King

Seventeen-year-old Erin King of Georgia sent a tube containing her MIT acceptance letter on a high-flying balloon ride to near-space. The canister, which was equipped with tracking devices and an onboard camera, reached a maximum altitude of approximately 17.2 miles (27.7 kilometers) before falling back to Earth. [Full story and video]

The Rio Grande

Armadillo Aerospace

View of the Rio Grande River valley from 239,000 ft (~50 mi) aboard Armadillo Aerospace’s STIG-A 3 rocket launched from Spaceport America, taken January 28, 2012. [Full story and more photos]

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