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NASA Knows How not to Launch a Balloon

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posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 12:02 PM
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NASA Balloon Crash


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.

In dramatic video released by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the giant 400-foot balloon is seen just beginning to lift its payload, then the telescope gondola appears to unexpectedly come loose from its carriage. The telescopes crash through a fence and overturn a nearby parked sport utility vehicle before finally stopping.

The balloon was carrying the Nuclear Compton Telescope (NCT), a gamma-ray telescope built by astronomer Steven Boggs and his colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, California to study astrophysical sources in space.

"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."

The unmanned research balloon was built by NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas and expected to haul its two-telescope payload up to an altitude of about 120,000 feet. That's about 23 miles, though smaller home-built balloons have been built to reach high altitudes as well.




If this is the new talent NASA is looking forward too replacing its ranks, its a good thing the space shuttle program has been put to the side.


How much "cha-ching change" was invested in this little project?

Maybe they could have gotten that amateur's help when trying to launch a balloon with camera attached.


[edit on 29-4-2010 by prionace glauca]




posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 04:32 PM
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If some film crew can launch an armchair and some cameras into space for some commercial, you would think NASA with all of their high technology could do better.





Heck, this guy flew almost 50 miles with some baloons and a lawnchair.



NASA should be ashamed.

[edit on 4/29/10 by FortAnthem]



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 04:41 PM
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This has me very interested, I'm gonna look more in to this. Maybe it's no big deal, I don't really know yet what this was supposed to be looking for but it seems fishy that the balloon failed.

This just seems like a very strange thing to happen, for the gondola to "come loose from it's carriage". This had to be millions of dollars and countless hours of work.



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 07:13 PM
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Already posted this in another section. If a mod could kindly shut this one down, thanks.

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 07:13 PM
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Already posted this in another section. If a mod could kindly shut this one down, thanks.

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 08:24 PM
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traditionally mods leave duplicate threads if they are in separate forums. as the story deals with nasa it fits right in here in space exploration.


on topic, i wonder how much this cost? and how did they not properly calculate the amount of lift the balloon would need to give for the equipment to stay afloat and not crash and burn?



posted on Apr, 29 2010 @ 11:38 PM
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Well I don't think telescopes are that cheap even if the materials to make them are from China with the help of Illegals to assemble the whole apparatus.

This whole thing probably a cost a little penny and then add onto it the damage to another vehicle.

But what the hell is wrong with this agency, the new recruits are severely lacking.



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