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Fossett is close to the finish stripe

St. Louis, Usa - He is expected to reach Australia at 15.00 UTC

Fossett has flown 30,710 km till 8.00 UTC, 98% complete of his circumnavigation of the globe in a balloon. Speeding towards Australia, the Bud Light Spirit of Freedom balloon rose to a lofty 34,700 feet (10,576.6 m) earlier yesterday, flying above clouds and snow flurries. Once these weather obstacles were overcome, Steve Fossett returned to regular cruising altitudes, where he is currently aiming...

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