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2009-05-19 16:54:00

Experts said a UFO spotted over Arizona was a research balloon launched by the U.S. space agency to measure gamma ray emissions. Bill Stepp of the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, said the UFO reported Monday was a 4,000-pound balloon sent to measure the gamma ray emissions at high altitudes by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday. Stepp said the balloon was sent out at about 7:30 a.m. Sunday from Fort Sumter in New...

2009-01-16 15:10:00

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aerostar International, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raven Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: RAVN), announced today a seven million cubic foot prototype super-pressure balloon, built for NASA's Balloon Program, has surpassed two weeks of near constant altitude flight over the Antarctic continent. This flight marks the next milestone in NASA's plans to develop a vehicle to fly heavy scientific payloads at the edge of space for periods up...

2009-01-08 14:19:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA and the National Science Foundation have successfully launched and demonstrated a newly designed super pressure balloon prototype that may enable a new era of high-altitude scientific research. The super-pressure balloon ultimately will carry large scientific experiments to the brink of space for 100 days or more. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) This seven-million-cubic-foot super-pressure balloon is the...

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2009-01-08 15:20:00

NASA and the National Science Foundation have successfully launched and demonstrated a newly designed super pressure balloon prototype that may enable a new era of high-altitude scientific research. The super-pressure balloon ultimately will carry large scientific experiments to the brink of space for 100 days or more. This seven-million-cubic-foot super-pressure balloon is the largest single-cell, super-pressure, fully-sealed balloon ever flown. When development ends, NASA will have a 22...

2009-01-08 11:53:24

A mysterious extra-loud radio noise permeates the universe, preventing astronomers from observing heat from the first stars, U.S. scientists at NASA said. The noise, picked up by a balloon-borne instrument, makes no sense, based on science's current understanding of the cosmos, the scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said. The universe really threw us a curve, said astrophysicist Alan Kogut of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Instead of the...

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2009-01-07 16:35:00

Listening to the early universe just got harder. A team led by Alan Kogut of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., today announced the discovery of cosmic radio noise that booms six times louder than expected. The finding comes from a balloon-borne instrument named ARCADE, which stands for the Absolute Radiometer for Cosmology, Astrophysics, and Diffuse Emission. In July 2006, the instrument launched from NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Palestine, Texas, and...

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2008-06-04 09:42:53

High altitude balloon exceeds 18 vertical miles during flightThe Alaska Space Grant Program and the Arctic Amateur Radio Club formed the Balloon Experiment And Research Program"”or B.E.A.R. for short"”in December 2007. The program's aim was to launch a high altitude balloon equipped with two amateur radio signals and more from Poker Flat Research Range in the spring of 2008. On May 10, BEAR participants met to inflate and launch their first balloon. It flew as high as 95,327 feet...

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2007-09-10 10:10:00

A whole new world came to life for Alice when she passed through the looking glass "“ beetles with bad attitudes, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, smiling cats, talking tiger lilies and much more. Mirrors have special powers in the real world too, especially in the hands of an astronomer. In fact, modern astronomy depends on mirrors. Almost every telescope uses a mirror, sometimes several mirrors, to gather and guide starlight toward some super-sensitive digital detector where a breathtaking...

2005-08-25 16:50:04

PALESTINE, Texas (AP) -- The name of NASA's balloon research facility now honors space shuttle Columbia's seven astronauts, who died when their spacecraft disintegrated over east Texas in 2003, the agency announced Thursday. The National Scientific Balloon Facility now is the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, proposed the change in April. He said it would help commemorate what Columbia's crew stood for: "Honor, bravery and the quest for knowledge for...

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2005-06-20 08:55:00

PORT COQUITLAM, British Columbia (AP) -- To examine data on the universe's earliest stars and galaxies from a balloon-launched telescope, scientists had to fend off earthly creatures in the Canadian Arctic. The telescope landed there by parachute Saturday and was quickly surrounded by wildlife. "The secret of our universe's beginnings was being protected by caribou and polar bears," said John Kageorge, communications manager for AMEC Dynamic Structures Ltd. in this Vancouver suburb. "As it...


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