Watch NASA crash in Australia, nearly misses onlookers

Posted By: Selma Al-Faqih on April 29, 2010 9:02 am

Theskichannel.com recently showed you some incredibly beautiful images of our Earth taken by NASA.  A huge NASA balloon loaded with a telescope painstakingly built to scan the sky at wavelengths invisible to the human eye crashed just after launch in Australia. See video below.

 

The telescope gondola appeared to have come loose from its carriage sending the balloon through a fence, destroying a nearby unoccupied sport utility vehicle, and nearly missing onlookers inside the car next to it. 

 

The balloon is believed to have cost somewhere between $5 and $10 million dollars.  The staff were expecting to be celebrating a flight, rather than watching their hard work go to pieces.

 

“It’s not only the money. It’s the countless hours of time of work put in by the people who worked on this project,” Sood told Australian news website ninemsn.com.au.

 

“Ballooning, that’s the way it happens on occasions but it is very, very disappointing. Gut-wrenching actually,” the professor added, according to the UK’s The Register.

 

May is the target date for the next launch, an X-ray telescope called HERO meant to map the galactic center for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

 

 

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