Description of the payload

 

Video of the launch operations

Details of the balloon flight and scientific outcome

 

Launch site: Australian Balloon Launching Station, Alice Springs, Australia  
Balloon launched by: National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF)
Balloon manufacturer/size/composition: Zero Pressure Balloon N29I-8/8/8T-28.40
Balloon serial number: R28.40-2-101
Flight identification number: 243N

The balloon was launched from Australia and after crossing the Pacific Ocean, was terminated over Brazil. After termination, low level winds modified the descent trajectory of the payload which impacted the roof of a house located in the urban center of Mogi Mirim, in the Campinas region. As a result of the mishap there were no personal injuries, the house had extensive damage in the roof and the water tank. Also the area sourrounding the house suffered a blackout after the landing.

The payload was extracted from the house with the help of a bulldozer and taken to the facilities of the Brazilian Space Aghency in Sao Jose dos Campos.

NASA paid for all the damages suffered at Mogi Mirim.

External references and bibliographical sources

Images of the mission

The payload that impacted the roof oh a house in Mogi Mirim (picture by Waldemar Padovani - O Estado de Sao Paulo) The news about the accidented landing of JACEE-8 published on Febraury 26 by the Estado de Sao Paulo journal