There's currently a bit of a trend of sending cameras into space. Usually, you load up a protective case with a cheap cellphone or compact camera and a GPS transmitter, and then you send it into the sky on a weather balloon. Once it gets high enough into the vacuum, the balloon pops, and the whole unit hurtles to the ground, eventually slowed by the parachute. Then you just follow the GPS signals to find it, and grab your awesome images. Even with the accuracy and inexpensiveness of modern day GPS units, people tend not to put too expensive gear in these packages, just in case everything fails and they crash to the ground.