Huge NASA Science Balloon Crashes in Australian Outback
This story was updated at 6:32 p.m. EDT.
A huge NASA balloon loaded with a telescope painstakingly built to scan the sky at wavelengths invisible to the human eye crashed in the Australian outback Thursday, destroying the $2 million astronomy experiment and just missing nearby onlookers, according to Australian media reports.
In dramatic video released by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the giant 400-foot (121-meter) balloon is seen just beginning to lift its payload, then the telescope gondola appears to unexpectedly come loose from its carriage. The telescope crashes through a fence and overturns a nearby parked sport utility vehicle before finally stopping.
"No one was injured. A mishap investigation board is being convened," NASA officials said in a statement released late Thursday.
WTF?! These silly dipshits can't even launch a fucking balloon. And do you wonder why it's a crap shoot every time the shuttle launches?
Apollo was sooooo long ago. Are there really no techno-weenies left like the techno-weenies who put 12 men on the surface of the Moon and brought them all back alive?
The current NASA needs to be gutted from the top down. A whole new (or more accurately an "old") culture needs to be brought about so that we can get back to the achievement of exploration.