Columbia Scientific
Balloon Facility


The Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF), near Fort Sumner ....  has been used by NASA since the early 1961, when it was established as the National Scientific Balloon Facility.

The facility’s Texas headquarters was right under the landing path of the ill-fated STS-107 mission in 2003. All associated facilities were renamed in February 2006, to honor the final crew of the space shuttle Columbia

~Joseph T. Page II
New Mexico Space Trail

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Official Website: CSBF site at
Active: Since 1961, renamed in 1986
GPS Coordinates: coming soon
Hours of Operation: N/A
Cost: N/A