Giant, White 'Cloud Lab' Blimp Flying High Across Las Vegas Skies

LAS VEGAS -- It's billed as the world's largest airship and on Wednesday plenty of people wanted to know why a giant white blimp was flying over parts of Las Vegas.

Several viewers wrote in on the 8 News NOW Facebook page wondering what was up.

Turns out, the ship is on a cross-country voyage funded by the British Broadcasting Corporation. On board, a team of researchers are on a mission to investigate all sorts of things, including weather, climate change and if there really is life beyond Earth.

"The team, which includes an entomologist, meteorologist and professional explorer, is also hoping to shed light on the creation of clouds and the relationship between diverse ecosystems and weather," the BBC website said.

The program is set to air sometime next year on the BBC.

You can follow the blimp's commute across the U.S. on Twitter here.


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