Light in Lubbock sky is NASA Scientific Balloon - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/17/09

Light in Lubbock sky is NASA Scientific Balloon

By Cary Allen - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - NewsChannel 11 fielded many phone calls about a bright object in the sky Saturday evening.  The object was a NASA Scientific Balloon that was launched in Fort Sumner, New Mexico earlier in the day.

The object can reach altitudes of 125,000 feet and was located over the northwestern South Plains north of Littlefield when it was observed across the entire region.  According to NASA, the balloons are high altitude research balloons that are over 400 feet in diameter.  They provide upper atmospheric research for NASA including weather data and studies on re-entry atmospheric conditions for Space Shuttle missions. 

(CLICK HERE) for more information, log on to NASA's official Columbia Scientific Balloon Web Site. 

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