On April 26, a super-pressure balloon was about the size of a soccer field that was launched by the US Aerospace and Defense Agency (NASA) in New Zealand after much delay due to rain. Typhoons have begun collecting data in space near Earth, beginning a journey of 100 days.
The hot air balloon was designed by NASA to detect ultra-energetic cosmic ray particles outside the galaxy when the particles hit the Earth's atmosphere.
NASA's super-inflatable balloon is inflated to be ready to fly from Wanaka Airport, New Zealand on April 26. (Source: NASA).
It is expected that the balloon will fly around the Earth 2 or 3 times and collect data in space 34km from Earth.
University of Chicago and team leader Angela Olinto said the origin of the particles is a big secret that humans need to answer, whether the particles originate from black holes in the galactic center. , from small stars with very fast rotations or from somewhere else.
Oliveo said the observation of the balloon was just the beginning of a lengthy study and that the next phase would involve a mission that NASA is currently developing.
NASA launched the balloon from Wanaka, on the South Island of New Zealand on April 25. New Zealand is where NASA launches a science-based balloon program in 2015 and 2016