KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Kennedy Space Center is getting ready to send something other than rockets into the sky. KSC scientists will launch giant balloons to carry out experiments high in the air.
The space above KSC in Brevard County is no stranger to foreign objects and now balloons will start to fill the sky.
Officials say it's a cost effective way to get more experiments off the ground and get astronauts to other planets.
They say they will attempt to grow food at high altitudes which with simulate conditions astronauts might face while on long missions; like a trip to Mars.
"In this case growing food would be beneficial and would help sustain scientists and researchers who went to another planet. They would need to survive and they need food and microbes help move that process along," said NASA Engineer Al Feinberg.
The balloons are managed by NASA's rocket university which develops training missions at KSC.