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Seventh launch attempt for NASA balloon

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6 days ago

NASA Super Pressure Balloon begins globetrotting journey, Wanaka Airport, New Zealand - 17 May 2016. © Rex Images NASA Super Pressure Balloon begins globetrotting journey, Wanaka Airport, New Zealand - 17 May 2016. NASA is hoping Saturday will be the day it finally launches this year's super pressure balloon test flight from Wanaka Airport.

It has scheduled the launch of the stadium-sized balloon at the airport seven times in recent weeks but has called each off when weather conditions weren't right.

NASA is hoping the balloon will set a record by flying for 100 days.

It's the third year NASA has been in Wanaka to launch a balloon. The first balloon in 2015 achieved 32 days of flight, with 46 days notched up in 2016.

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