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In this photo provided by John Flaig, shows a moonset over Lake Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2012. The image was taken from a balloon launched in Iowa by Flaig, of Milwaukee, that made a crash landing in Algoma Township, Mich. (AP Photo/John Flaig)

John Flaig, ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP

In this photo taken from video provided by John Flaig, the trail left behind by an aircraft is shown over Wisconsin on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2012. The image was taken from a balloon launched in Iowa by Flaig, of Milwaukee, that made a crash landing in Algoma Township, Mich.

John Flaig, ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP

Weather balloon rigged with camera makes unexpected Midwestern journey

  • Associated Press
  • December 11, 2012 - 1:38 PM

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. - 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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