NASA's giant helium research balloon set new world record after 46 days in flight
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Helium balloons are much more than notorious party accessories, as evidenced by this piece of news. NASA is celebrating a new flight record for its Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) after the helium-filled research balloon touched down safely at the end of a 46-day test flight. The balloon, which had been on one previous test flight, had been launched on May 16 from New Zealand and spent a total of 46 days, 20 hours, and 19 minutes aloft before landing on Saturday, July 2 in Peru. The achievement secured...