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In lateSeptember Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones were honored once again by the
aviation community during an appearance at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in
Washington, D.C. Part ofthe ceremony included placing their around-the-world capsule
on display inthe museum.
Also in SeptemberNational Geographic magazine published Bertrand’s first hand
Society’s wonderful graphics that add a dimensionto the story, helping to make sense
of such a complex flight.
Every monthNational Geographic poststhree proposed covers for the nextissue
totheir web-site, www.nationalgeographic.com. Viewersare giventhe opportunityto
match wits with the editor and vote for their
favorite cover. While only a straw poll when
votingcan stillbe quite interesting.
Breitling Orbiter 3 on the cover, witnessed a
ballot stuffing war between two of the cover
can didates.Ononep articulardaythe
behind the Kashmir cover to more than600
votes up to more than 600 votes down. In the
end, the ballooning community outvoted all
others to have their cover win the straw poll.
3,225; Kashmir 9,513.
AlexNagorskiandDickStambergcoveredthe 14thHotAir Championshipfor
Balloon LifeheldinBadWaltersdorf, Austria. Jokeof the weekinAustriarevolved
around kangaroos. True, there areno kangaroos in Austria. They live in Australia. Seems
however, thatmanypeople confuse the twocountries,some askingif Austrians bring
their kangaroosinduringthewinter. Don’tlaugh.ManypeoplethinkNewMexico,
where Balloon Fiesta willbe held this month, is another country. Of course, if you are
fromTexas, every place else isanother country.