People in the Australian outback found themselves dodging a massive 400-foot balloon carrying a payload of scientific equipment this week when the launching of NASA’s Nuclear Compton Telescope (NCT) went awry. The balloon crashed through a fence and turned over a sports utility vehicle before stopping its rampage.
The mishap potentially destroyed $2 million of astronomy experiment, including a gamma-ray telescope built by astronomer Steven Boggs and his colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, California.
If you look carefully, one of our Australian legal brethren is chasing the balloon with business cards and contingency contracts.
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Kudos: Elaine M.