How long do you wait after you losing something until you give up hope of its return? This little here story of the great beyond will teach you to never give up, or at least wait for two years.

Bryan Chan of Stanford University sent a GoPro and a phone with a GPS tracker into the stratosphere in a high-altitude weather balloon on 8 June 2013 to gather data for his dissertation.

It was supposed to be a 2 hour job but as Bryan told ABC News it didn’t pan out that way.

“The GoPro and phone was projected to land in an area with cell coverage, but the problem was that the cell service coverage maps we relied on weren’t accurate, so the phone didn’t have signal as it came back to Earth. We couldn’t get the text it was supposed to send with the coordinates of where it landed.”


But this past March, an Arizona hiker named Pearl Tsosie found the GoPro and phone “in the barren dessert” in a Navajo Reservation near the Grand Canyon, Chan said.

Tsosie told ABC News that she was able to identify the phone’s owner using the sim card she brought to an AT&T store.

“She was able to call my friend Ved, and we got the footage and data a few weeks later,” Chan said. “We couldn’t believe it.”

Chan edited the incredible aerial footage and uploaded the video last Thursday to YouTube, where it had over three million views as of Tuesday afternoon.

And without further ado, here is yee archive footage. It’s pretty special.

“We’re blown away by how many people love the video,” Chan said. “I’ve got message from people saying they’ve put it on their desktop, and it’s just really great to have such an overwhelming positive response.

Chan said he and the team are still in the Bay area in California, and they may get together to create another epic GoPro video. The video has been seen and credited by GoPro themselves too.

“We’re thinking about it for sure, and though there’s no strict timeline, we’re beginning to put plans into motion,” he said. “This video definitely won’t be out last.”

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