NASA launches super balloon from New Zealand


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand. The mission is designed to run 100 or more days floating at 110,000 feet (33.5 km) about the globe in the southern hemisphere’s mid-latitude band.

The balloon is designed by NASA to detect ultra-high energy cosmic particles from beyond the galaxy as they penetrate the earth’s atmosphere. The International Extreme Universe Space Observatory on a Super Pressure Balloon (EUSO-SPB) payload is flying as a mission of opportunity. New Zealand was also the base for NASA’s scientific balloon program in 2015 and 2016.

    Important Takeaways from above News for BOB PO Exam-
    • NASA launched  heavy-lift Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand
    • The balloon is designed by NASA to detect ultra-high energy cosmic particles
    • Acting Administrator of NASA is Robert M. Lightfoot Jr.
    • NASA was established in 1958 and is Headquartered in Washington D.C., USA.

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    Source- NASA

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