On April 24, NASA successfully launched its super pressure balloon from an airfield in Wanaka, New Zealand. The stadium-sized balloon is expected to be aloft for more than 100 days. It should travel at an altitude of 110,000 all around the Southern Hemisphere. Its purpose will be to detect and study cosmic rays. These are some of the most energetic particles ever discovered.
NASA to Break Record with its Super Pressure Balloon
“For decades, balloons have provided access to the near-space environment to support scientific investigations, technology testing, education and workforce development.”