NASA has successfully deployed super pressure balloon to gather near space data. After seven disastrous attempts, the team of researchers had finally succeeded in launching this balloon on April 25. For approximately three months NASA has been experiencing failed attempts. They have been trying to launch this football-stadium-sized balloon from Wanaka airport.
The super pressure balloon is used to gather near-space information
Every time they tried, they failed due to unfavorable climatic weather conditions. Nevertheless, after seven disasters, the eighth time is a charm. On April 25, on Tuesday, researchers fired up the super pressure balloon from New Zealand. This balloon is bound to help scientists from the US-based agency to spot cosmic rays coming from beyond the Milky Way. If these cosmic rays penetrate the atmosphere of our planet, the super pressure balloon will detect them and further transmit the signals recorded by the US-based agency of NASA.
NASA announced that this mission would last for approximately a hundred days or even more while the balloon will float at approximately 110,000 feet in the mid-latitude ring of the southern hemisphere. The super pressure balloon launch from this year represents the third year of balloons’ launches from the Wanaka airport. Nevertheless, the inappropriate weather determined scientists to postpone the mission.
NASA experienced seven failed attempts and the eights one was a charm
Debbie Fairbrother, the Balloon Programme Office Head at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), stated that scientists had learned a lot about the design of the device from the 2015 and 2016 missions when two other such balloons were launched from New Zealand. Thus, they managed to develop a flawless technology for the super pressure balloon used for this year’s mission. On April 25, 2017, the football-stadium-sized super pressure balloon set off from the ground at 10:50 a.m.
This mission has surpassed the other seven failed attempts which destroyed the previous plans due to inauspicious air flows. After launching the balloon, NASA indicated a website link where those passionate about space can search for the current location of the balloon in real time. This massive balloon is made of polyethene film. Researchers have attached a poppy to the balloon, commemorating the Anzac day, being one of the most significant national observances in Australia. NASA officials argued that the balloon will be visible during the sunset and sunrise.
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