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