That’s right, a NASA space balloon launch “went badly wrong on Thursday in the Australian Outback when a heavy payload of scientific equipment broke from its mooring slamming into a vehicle and narrowly missing bystanders.” It basically turned into a giant wrecking ball. Video after the break.

The balloon was supposed to ferry the instruments to about 120,000 feet (roughly 23 miles). The wreckage has been hauled to a hanger, and an initial assessment by officials there found that part of the Compton ‘scope is still somewhat intact, though it’s unclear if the mission is salvageable at this point.

[via Popsci]