First Around the World

For balloonists Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, the end of one journey marked the beginning of another.

(Carolyn Russo, NASM)


(Chas Breton)

Moments into the flight, the balloon was still at a low altitude, but would eventually reach that of the airliner flying above it—about 35,000 feet. Throughout the flight, speeds ranged from about 25 to 185 mph.

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