Posted at: 12/11/2012 1:47 PM
ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A balloon launched in Iowa by a Wisconsin man to capture images from high in the atmosphere ended up crash landing in a Michigan tree.
MLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/RmVr1U ) 37-year-old John Flaig of Milwaukee launched the balloon earlier this month from Calmar, Iowa.
The weather balloon was rigged with a video camera and still-frame cameras. Flaig expected the balloon to return to the ground near Milwaukee, but instead it ended up across Lake Michigan in a tree in Kent County's Algoma Township, about 20 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.
Flaig tracked the progress of the balloon, which had a GPS device. He got the cameras back and posted photos captured from the balloon online.
He says in an email the images are "even more amazing" than he expected.
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