NASA 2017

NASA returns to Wanaka

NASA 2017

An advance team from NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) arrived at Wanaka Airport last week to start initial preparations and the rest of the team will begin arriving in mid-March. 

This year NASA’s focus will be two-fold – the ongoing testing and development of its super pressure balloon and flying a new payload from the University of Chicago's Extreme Universe Space Observatory (EUSO-SPB). The EUSO-SPB is a high-energy cosmic ray particle astrophysics payload that will test a fluorescence detector and its supporting technologies under the severe operating conditions of the stratosphere. This suborbital flight is a precursor for a mission being planned to launch and install the EUSO telescope on the International Space Station.

Photo:  NASA launch at Wanaka 2016.

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