Students from Leicester film stunning images of the Earth’s curvature

Students from the University of Leicester filmed breathtaking views of cloud tops and the curvature of the earth using a high altitude weather balloon.

The ballon captured beautiful near-space images of Earth from 15 miles above the planet surface and in temperatures of around -56C.

The unmanned balloon, named by the students as Aether One, reached altitudes nearly twice as high as a 747 airliner can be operated at.

While outer space begins at 100 kilometres (62 miles), the curvature of the Earth is visible from the altitudes reached by the balloon.

In addition to taking photos, Aether One also conducted various tests for future pollution monitoring flights and navigation systems.