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Fossett takes off successfully

Northam, Australia - He started his sixth attempt to fly solo non-stop round-the-world in a balloon

American tycoon, Steve Fossett took off successfully this morning at 9.37 am (local time) from Northam, 98 km north-east of Perth, Australia. About 2,500 onlookers cheered as the balloon named "Bud Light Spirit of Freedom" ascended as a light mist began to fall on the Northam air strip. Fossett is starting his sixth attempt to fly solo non-stop round-the-world in a balloon. (004)

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