NASA Launches Near-Space Monitoring Super Pressure Balloon From New Zealand

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully launched a super pressure balloon to conduct near-space scientific investigations. It was launched from South Island Wanaka Airport, New Zealand in the fifth attempt. Earlier four attempts to get the massive balloon airborne were thwarted by bad weather.

The balloon is 532,000 cubic meters and aims to remain airborne for more than 100 days. It is expected to circumnavigate the globe in the mid-latitudes of southern hemisphere once every one to three weeks, depending on wind speeds in the stratosphere. 
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2. ____ launches near-space monitoring super pressure balloon from New Zealand . 


Source – The Hindu



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