First Around the World
For balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the end of one journey marked the beginning of another.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 17, 2009
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones
Piccard (left) and Jones pose for a celebration picture snapped by a remote control camera. As the pair drew close to the landing site, Piccard’s father spoke to him over the satellite phone. “Bertrand,” he said, “it’s fabulous what you have done, but you still have to land, and I want to remind you of something very important. Probably you’ve thought of this, but in case you haven’t, when you land, you must bend your knees.”