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Images of the Earth from the edge of space have been captured by a helium balloon which can travel more than 20 miles above sea level. Robert Harrison, of Highburton, West Yorkshire, developed the device after trying to find a way of taking aerial pictures of his home. The images are taken by a camera in a box. It is attached to the balloon, with a parachute and tracking device. The balloon eventually bursts, returns to ground and is traced by Mr Harrison. Mr Harrison, 38, said the balloon-mounted camera project had cost about £500. "It is basically an insulated box that contains a camera and a tracking device," he said. "The box is launched with a parachute and a balloon, and off it goes into the atmosphere. "The camera records pictures of the earth from about 35km."