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Balloon Aviator's Transatlantic Flight Fails

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The man who tried to cross the Atlantic Ocean had to make an unexpected landing after technical problems 350 miles into the journey.

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Swiss 'Jetman' Takes Joyride Around Mount Fuji

Swiss 'Jetman' Takes Joyride Around Mount Fuji

AFP (Nov. 6, 2013) — Swiss aviator Yves "Jetman" Rossy, whose jet-engine powered wings have taken him over some of the world's most awe-inspiring places, has added another -- Japan's Mount Fuji.
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Balloons Set to Take Wind Power to New Heights

Balloons Set to Take Wind Power to New Heights

Reuters (May 29, 2013) — Boston-based company Altaeros has developed a new wind power generator in the form of a giant balloon they say will offer a cheap renewable energy to communities off the grid.
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Physicist Explains Skydiver's Supersonic Speed

Physicist Explains Skydiver's Supersonic Speed

AP (Oct. 16, 2012) — Nick Warner, a physics professor at the Univ. of Southern California, says the lack of air resistance was key when Felix Baumgartner broke the sound barrier after he jumped from his balloon-tethered capsule 24-miles above earth.
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Free Faller Aces Test Jump in Quest to Break Speed of Sound

Free Faller Aces Test Jump in Quest to Break Speed of Sound

AFP (July 26, 2012) — Preparing for his attempt to become the first person to break the speed of sound in free-fall, Felix Baumgartner made a successful test jump on Wednesday from a balloon at an altitude of over 96,640 feet, reaching speeds of 536 miles per hour.
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