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NASA weather balloon appears in sky over Lubbock

Published: Sep. 27, 2014 at 12:09 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 17, 2015 at 1:17 AM CST
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Balloon pic from our KCBD Tower Cam
Balloon pic from our KCBD Tower Cam
Photo by Natasha Rose Snodgrass
Photo by Natasha Rose Snodgrass

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A NASA weather balloon appeared in the skies over Lubbock Friday night, generating dozens of emails, phone calls, and social media comments here at KCBD.

Our Chief Meteorologist John Robison identified the object in the northern sky as a NASA weather balloon out of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, launched from their Scientific Balloon Flight Facility.

You can learn more about the program and the facility here: http://stratocat.com.ar/bases/26e.htm

You can track the balloon here: http://towerfts.csbf.nasa.gov/Maps/ConvGps655N.htm

Friday night's balloon was over 22 miles high in the sky at an altitude of 116,700 feet as of 9 p.m.

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