Project Nova

From BBC News:

Engineering students from Cambridge University have sent a camera to the edge of space for less than £1,000.

Carl Morland, Henry Hallam and Robert Fryers attached the tiny camera to a helium balloon, which flew to nearly four times the height of Everest.

Throughout the flight it took images which show the curvature of the earth.

The students hope Project Nova will allow small rockets to be sent into space for just several hundred pounds, instead of a six-figure sums.

And here is the website for the project with plenty of pictures from the flight.