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Weather stalls NASA balloon launch

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/04/2017
A NASA super pressure balloon is prepared for launch from Wanaka Airport on New Zealand's South Island, May 17, 2016. Courtesy NASA/Bill Rodman/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. ... © Courtesy NASA/Bill Rodman/Handout via REUTERS A NASA super pressure balloon is prepared for launch from Wanaka Airport on New Zealand's South Island, May 17, 2016. Courtesy NASA/Bill Rodman/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. ...

Winds have once again stalled NASA's plan to launch a super pressure balloon test flight from Wanaka Airport on a potential 100-day journey on Monday.

The space agency was due to begin flight preparations in the early morning, but now says winds were just above those required for a launch.

It will in the afternoon make a decision on whether the balloon could potentially be sent up on Tuesday for a fourth attempt.

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.

The current record flight for such balloons is 54 days.

The balloon is about the size of the Forsyth-Barr Stadium in Dunedin when fully inflated and is made from polyethylene film, similar to that used in sandwich bags but stronger and more durable.

A special launch pad has been built at Wanaka Airport.

The University of Chicago has an extreme universe space observatory being tested on this year's flight.


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