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The NASA Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) which lifted off from New Zealand earlier this week is heading for the open Indian Ocean, having traversed the south of Australia. According to the handy tracking map, the mighty orb and its payload were earlier today travelling west at an altitude of 108,970ft (around 33,220m). The …

  1. Ugotta B. Kiddingme


    now all we need is a 515,000m3 sandwich to put in it.

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

      Re: spiffy!

      Yummy, I'll have one with smoked salmon

      Darn, I'm hungry now

  2. allthecoolshortnamesweretaken Silver badge

    Are the cats allright?

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

      And what about the kangaroos?

      1. Andy E

        Presumably there's a choice of sandwich filling; cat or kangaroo.

        I'll get my coat.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward


          Iceland are selling Kangaroo burgers at the moment.

          My girlfriend said that when raw they smell like penis. Take from that what you will.

          1. elDog Silver badge

            Re: kangaroo

            Yeah - your girlfriend said that about me, too.

  3. Ralph B

    All we need now ...

    All we need now is someone to try and launch a rocket from one of these things.

  4. ZanzibarRastapopulous

    1000 Cats.

    4.5Kgs is quite heavy for a domestic moggy being the upper end of the range. Did they specify a particular breed?

    1. TitterYeNot

      Re: 1000 Cats.

      "4.5Kgs is quite heavy for a domestic moggy being the upper end of the range. Did they specify a particular breed?"

      Well, fat cats, obviously.

      Hmmm, gives me an idea regarding certain pension stealers 'wealth creators'. What, we've run out of parachutes you say, shame...

    2. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

      Re: 1000 Cats.

      > 4.5Kgs is quite heavy for a domestic moggy

      Really? Three of my six are well over that (the senior male, the big ginger and the senior female). Only one of them could be considered fat.

      The other two are just big. And have lots of muscles.

  5. Haku

    Is it bigger than Kim Kardashian's arse yet?

    No not her buttocks, I mean Kanye.

  6. cbars

    No big deal, they're everywhere

    Judging by the changes in volume those things undergo, I've seen loads of these! Small, white balloon like things strewn about the car park, yea?

    1. elDog Silver badge

      Re: No big deal, they're everywhere

      Doubt that it was a lighter-than-air gas filling those ones, however. Did you check?

  7. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    I hate it when spectrometers fall on me

    Should've gone to spectrometersavers, I guess.

  8. DeKrow


    I wonder if they'll try and manipulate any climate change statistics out of this?


  9. Jan 0

    No need to fear?

    Whether 2.5 tons free falls or parachutes gently onto my house, I still don't expect to have an abode after the event.

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: No need to fear?

      A fair point. From our own high-altitude ballooning experience, a payload under a parachute will generally come down at 5m/sec. If you want slower, then the size of chute becomes impractically large.

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