What would you think if you walked out your front door and found that a gigantic, 50-foot, deflated research balloon had fallen from the sky? And, it's in your front yard?
Well, people in the Southern California town of Chino Hills recently found out. This giant balloon, deflated and draped over a palm tree, got the attention of local police, and gawkers who started taking pictures and videos.
But, before any conspiracy theories could take hold, the search engine giant Google explained what was going on. As it turns out, that giant balloon is part of a noble effort by Google to provide Internet access to people around the world, even in remote locations, and even in areas where people can't afford to get Internet access.
The balloon is called a Loon Balloon. It's part of Google's Project Loon. Google is working with countries around the world, like Sri Lanka, to send the balloons high into the sky, and send out wireless Internet signals from them.
That's exciting, and it explains the balloon. But, how did it end up in someone's front yard? Well, that was a mistake.
Google was testing out the balloon, with plans for it to land in a nearby field. See the video below, showing the Loon Balloon's off-course landing.