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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) URL: http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,48671,00.html Original Date: Fri, 30 Nov
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      URL: http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,48671,00.html
      Original Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2001 16:42:15 -0800

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      They'll Ride a Balloon Into Space
      By Jeffrey Benner

      2:00 a.m. Nov. 19, 2001 PST

      Two Englishmen plan to don spacesuits this summer and float to the
      edge of Earth's atmosphere in a balloon as tall as the Empire State
      Building.

      If successful, the ambitious -- some might say nutty -- plan will net
      Andy Elson and Colin Prescot the world altitude record in a manned
      balloon.

      Using a flexible plastic balloon the size of a skyscraper, the pair
      plans to float to a height of more than 25 miles.

      "The view should be fantastic," Elson said.

      The record is currently 113,740 feet -- four times the height of
      Everest. It is held by Americans Malcolm Ross and Vic Prather, who set
      the record in 1961.

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