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Goddard Space Flight Center

Scientific Ballooning

Balloon Program Office

Technology

Planetary Ballooning

The Balloon Program in collaboration with other NASA centers and private industry continued to investigate the feasibility of balloon missions on other planets and space bodies. Current NASA missions of interest is targeted for Mars, Venus, and Titan. Balloons will enable in-situ measurements at different altitudes that are currently not feasible with other platforms such as Satellites and rovers. A conceptual balloon mission to Mars is depicted below.

Balloon Mission Off Earth Model

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Scientific Balloon Update

Report back for the latest update from NASA's Balloon Program Office.