Here is a cool video of an HD video camera that is attached to a big balloon filled with helium and sent to the edge of space. It's about 6 minutes long, but worth the watch.
Homemade Spacecraft from Luke Geissbuhler on Vimeo.
Who says you have to be NASA to have a space program. Maybe we need to start the Longburn Adventist College Space Exploration Program. LACSEP? Not quite catchy enough, I'll keep working on it :)