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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Balloon blows away free-fall record bid -

Balloon blows away free-fall record bid - "French skydiver Michel Fournier's bid for a record-breaking parachute jump from Earth's stratosphere was aborted Tuesday when the balloon that was to carry him to the edge of space slipped away from his flight crew.

Michel Fournier tests his equipment a few days before his attempt to break four world records.
The former paratrooper had hoped his 'Big Jump' -- starting 40 kilometers (25 miles) above the Earth's surface -- would set new records for the highest jump, fastest and longest free fall and the highest altitude reached by a man in a balloon."

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