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NASA Balloon crashes.

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posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 11:03 AM
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A huge NASA balloon loaded with a telescope painstakingly built to scan the sky at wavelengths invisible to the human eye crashed in the Australian outback Thursday, destroying the astronomy experiment and just missing nearby onlookers, according to Australian media reports.





"Today was a terrible day for a lot of people," wrote Eric Bellm, a graduate astronomy student at the UC Berkeley, in a blog chronicling the science mission. "For the NCT team, we've poured our hearts into this instrument for years. It was an almost unfathomable shock to find ourselves cleaning up the wreckage of our gondola rather than watching it lift off towards space."



Now this would just plain out suck. The telescope was expected to reach 120,000 feet into the air. Investigations will be held to see just why it crashed and what went wrong.

Luckily nobody was hurt in the accident but it did just miss a couple onlookers.



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[edit on 29-4-2010 by Jess_Undefined]




posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 05:54 AM
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Well then I guess a mod can go ahead and take this one down since there not going to delete the other one that was posted after I posted this one.



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