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NASA to attempt to launch weather balloon

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/04/2016
NASA says the weather has improved enough to allow it to launch a massive high-altitude balloon from Wanaka Airport. © TVNZ NASA says the weather has improved enough to allow it to launch a massive high-altitude balloon from Wanaka Airport.

American space agency NASA is set to try and launch its football stadium-sized weather balloon in Wanaka after several aborted attempts.

Unfavourable winds have grounded the super pressure balloon during April but Wanaka Airport says that NASA are giving it another go on Wednesday.

The launch is presently on weather hold as winds are too high, but they're expected ease later on Wednesday.

Last April NASA launched one of its big balloons from Wanaka that was meant to stay aloft 34km above the earth's surface for 100 days but it leaked and landed near the Queensland and New South Wales border after 32 days.

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