Up, Up And Awa....Shit
An ABC News crew shot spectacular footage of the launch and subsequent crash of a new NASA space research/spy balloon in the Australian outback.
Watch The Vid Here
First news reports claimed that wind was responsible for the crash. But conditions around the Alice Springs launch site are now described as "calm".
No explanation has been offered yet for the crash of the balloon and its payload that was supposed to have soared to the upper reaches of Earth's atmosphere at 50 metres a second.