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Send your information (name, city, state and phone #) to darpanerd@gmail.com if you'll be able to help search and confirm.

More information on the challenge here: https://networkchallenge.darpa.mil/default.aspx

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Comment by Benjamin Buchanan on December 6, 2009 at 2:38am
@ Gorden Freeman: Actually, Tim Berners-Lee is credited with the invention of the World Wide Web (WWW) in a proposal at MIT in 1989, not the internet. The internet is a the network connections between computers using routers and packet switching technology in send information electronically. The first network was the ARPANET, set up by ARPA, now know as DARPA, and was set up 40 years ago. There were only 2 protocols on that network at the time, File Transfer, and Telnet. Email was added in 1970, but it wasn't until 1991 that Web Pages we enjoy so much today came around. And yes, Tim Berners-Lee proposed the idea and was deeply involved in its implementation.
Comment by Trogdorable on December 5, 2009 at 6:32pm
Winner has been announced. MIT Red Ballon Challenge Team https://networkchallenge.darpa.mil/default.aspx
Good effort guys!
Comment by Cloudbubble on December 5, 2009 at 4:26pm
i was sick today so i spent all day looking at traffic cams (instead of actually being out there looking for the balloons) and... NOTHING!! hope other nerdfighters had better luck!!!
Comment by Laura Goldstein on December 5, 2009 at 11:28am
Here's a list of some of the teams...
http://redballoon.wikispaces.com/Groups
Comment by Sam Warner on December 5, 2009 at 8:15am
Non US nerdfighters who want to help look could try searching the traffic cams http://www.trafficland.com/
All balloons are supposed to be visible from the road.
Comment by Gorden Freeman on December 5, 2009 at 7:44am
A Englishman man actually invented the internet see this article
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee

why is he not being mentioned? i feel this is abit dishonorable to the British nation
Comment by Taylor 'Brain Picker' Buchanan on December 4, 2009 at 1:29pm
This is so cool! I wish I could participate.
Comment by Matthew on December 4, 2009 at 1:18pm
Great idea guys! Even though i won't be able to go out searching, i'll keep my eyes peeled for you!

Re: satellites
Sorry to be the buzzkill, but the satellite pictures would have to be taken during the time period of the contest and be made available before any other team's conventional spotting methods won the contest for them. Any satellite system that would be covering enough territory and making the pictures available that quickly is likely to have a resolution so low that an 8-foot balloon looks like a single red pixel. Also: As smart as the nerdfighters are, i'm guessing MIT will already have covered this angle too if it's at all feasible. And P.S. Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer, but forecast shows cloudcover over a significant portion of the US tomorrow.
Comment by ina dominiak on December 4, 2009 at 9:50am
But who is William Green I've received my balloon email from?
Comment by Cloudbubble on December 4, 2009 at 12:16am
why not use satellite images to find the balloons? find locations and send nerdfighters to check it out, they r not super accurate but if you scan major roads in your area you should be able to see an eight foot balloon. and less driving saves gas!

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