UPDATE: Trailer with NASA telescope parts possibly found

UPDATE: Trailer with NASA telescope parts possibly found

PALESTINE, TX (KLTV) - UPDATE: Late Wednesday night, WFAA is reporting that Dallas Police may have found the trailer containing the telescope parts.

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Some University of Minnesota students are scratching their heads after several years of research, in the form of a high tech balloon telescope, has vanished.

The telescope was a project of The University of Minnesota's school of Physics and Astronomy; it's a NASA-funded project with ties to East Texas.

The telescope was en route from Minnesota to Palestine, Texas, where NASA has a balloon research facility. It was being transported in a semi-trailer, but after three days, the trailer never made it to Palestine.

UM student Naomi Roach spoke with WFAA-8, and said, "It can't fly without this. These are the detectors. This is the telescope that's taking pictures of the sky. You don't have a telescope, you're not taking pictures of the sky."

The driver of the truck could not be reached by his company on Monday, according to WFAA, so they sent a team to Texas to find him and the multi-million dollar equipment he was responsible for.

He was found in a truck stop on I-20 in Dallas on Wednesday, but the trailer itself was not there.

Roach also told WFAA that if they don't get the telescope to Antarctica by August, the project may be a complete loss.

Dallas Police Department told WFAA that they are investigating the incident.

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