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(Statement by the inister for Supply, Senator Ken Anderson)

The i. ild u ura Balloon Launching Station launched an 18 million

cubic foot balloon, the le.,rgest to be launched in Australia at 6.30 a.m. on

October 23, with a payload valued at approximately T.S. 500, 000, the

IJinister for Sup ply, Senator Ken f^nderson said in Sydney today. (October 24).

It rose to a height of 120,000 feet and carried a 1L?! telescope

to investigate the gamma ray energy sources in the galactic centre.

The balloon was tracked by aircraft during its flight and cut dorm

by radio command yesterday from the i. ildura base at 5. 45 p .m.

The payload was sighted early this moaning by the aircraft and

the recovery team reached it at 11.30 a.m. today 2 4th October. It is

understood that it is in excellent condition. It is expected that the

recovery team will arrive back in Liildura late this afternoon.

During the flight the data collected by the payload was

transmitted back to the i.ildura Station and preliminary indications are

that the experiment was completely successful.

The i.1nister stated it va<; =loped that another balloon in this

series of flights bei:n0 carried out for NASA wuuld be launched next week.

SYDiiEY. October 24. 1.