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Homemade space video: How to make your son a balloon boy and still be a good dad


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Adorable dads, get your game face on: Filmmaker Luke Geissbühler might take the win for Cutest Dad Ever.

In late August, he and his son Max went to space with the help of a weather balloon and an iPhone.

No, this is not a Balloon Boy Redux. Geissbühler and his son, plus a whole slew of helpers (according to the video's credits), spent eight months developing a balloon and camera housing that would capture the camera's rise through the Earth's atmosphere.

The result is a gorgeous video that sends the viewer spiraling into space and back to Earth again.

The camera would have to survive 100 mph winds, temperatures of 60 degrees below zero and speeds of over 150 mph. It would capture the darkness of space and then plummet back to the Earth just 30 miles away from where it was released.

Although similar experiments have been undertaken before, none have such adorable kids as co-pilots.

Geissbühler's brown-haired son grins in the camera, running tests alongside the cameraman. Miles Horner, a friend's son, is the towheaded blond boy who chomps on a lollipop and declares the balloon ready for liftoff. The two children do the countdown and the ransom letter -- in case the camera descended to earth and someone else found it -- is written in big childish scrawl.

It's sweet enough to make even the most cynical heart go pitter-patter.

Geissbühler writes on his Vimeo page, "It's funny how many people react to the father-son thing. We were just having fun."

And fun, it does look. Just don't go trying this at home today. He warns that would-be rocket launchers have to first get FAA approval and notification.

By Melissa Bell  | October 5, 2010; 1:54 PM ET
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