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NASA and Airways NZ Launch 2nd Super Pressure Balloon

NASA has successfully launched its second super pressure balloon from Wānaka Airport in New Zealand. Airways New Zealand collaborated with NASA to ensure a safe ascent for the stadium-sized balloon containing an estimated 19mmcf of helium, which inflates fully in flight and carries a scientific payload of over 2 tonnes. The current balloon is equipped with a University of Chicago instrument to detect ultra-high-energy cosmic ray particles. The balloons will circumnavigate the Southern Hemisphere for up to 100 days, aiding NASA in verifying and validating its technology.

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