Wanaka winds keep NASA balloon at bay


It will be another few days before NASA again attempts to launch a super pressure balloon in New Zealand.

The agency was due to launch the balloon at Wanaka Airport this morning, but postponed it due to unfavourable winds.

High low-level wind forecasts for the next two days means it will be at least Tuesday until another launch is attempted.

Last April NASA launched one of its big balloons from Wanaka that was meant to stay aloft 34km above the earth's surface for 100 days but it leaked and the balloon landed near the Queensland and New South Wales border after 32 days.