LG didn't have a lunar module or Buzz Aldrin to manually trigger the shutter for the maiden flight of the LG G2 smartphone into the stratosphere, but they did just fine by launching the G2 tethered to a weather balloon. Despite all odds, including temperatures of -50C (that's about -58F) as the phone ascended to 30km (18.64 miles), which is about midway through the stratosphere, the G2's still images and video footage are breathtaking (and, for a few seconds, a little dizzying).
This video contains pre-launch footage along with still images and video clips from the LG G2's 13-megapixel OIS camera. as the ballon rises into the stratosphere. Pay special attention at 0.16-0.18 to get an idea of how LG packaged the smartphone before sending it off on its journey. And, be sure to read our terrestrial, hands-on LG G2 report here.
Launching smartphones and other small capture devices (like GoPros) into the sky via weather balloon isn't unique to LG. Here's a look at what a balloonist from England accomplished with the Raspberry Pi and a weather balloon.
And, here's a story we did about NASA's use of a Nexus One to capture images from space.