Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Space Balloon crashes in the Australian Outback

Whilst it has been well reported across the internet, the recent NASA balloon launch carrying the University of California, Berkeley's Nuclear Compton Telescope (NCT) had a spectacular launch failure recently near Alice Springs. In fact, by the sounds of things, we are lucky not to be reporting the first Space related fatality in Australia.

The balloon broke free from its anchor cables after a freak gust of wind, sending the payload smashing into the ground, and overturning a 4WD in the process. Fortunately the payload just missed several spectators before crashing and almost completely destroying the ultra sensitive payload.

Here’s the raw ABC video from the launch.

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