PHOENIX - Valley residents observed something unusual drifting slowly in the skies over Phoenix early Saturday evening.
Inquiries to ABC15 about the mysterious object led weather anchor Randy Kollins to investigate with the National Weather Service, who confirmed that a research balloon had been launched from Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico around 7:30 a.m.
Fort Sumner is the spring and fall home of NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility .
The balloon carries instruments that gather atmospheric information, and is launched once a year by the research facility.
The balloon landed west of the Valley later in the evening, you can see the its full flight path here .
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