Number of the week: How long does a round-the-world balloon trip take?

On July 23, Russian traveler Fyodor Konyukhov finished his solo round-the-world flight by balloon across three oceans in record time – it took him 11 days, 5 hours and 31 minutes, reports TASS.Konyukhov not only set a new record at the first attempt, but he also managed to do it by landing his balloon – named Morton – just several hundred meters away from Northam in Western Australia, where he started his voyage.This is “almost impossible from a scientific standpoint. It’s just an amazing coincidence," said Vladimir Balashov, chairman of the Australian center of the Russian Geographic Society.Only one previous attempt to accomplish a solo round-the-world voyage by balloon has been successful: American adventurer Steve Fossett did it in 13 days, 8 hours and 33 minutes in 2002.The amazing story of painter and traveler, Fyodor Konyukhov>>>

On July 23, Russian traveler Fyodor Konyukhov finished his solo round-the-world flight by balloon across three oceans in record time – it took him 11 days, 5 hours and 31 minutes, reports TASS.Konyukhov not only set a new record at the first attempt, but he also managed to do it by landing his balloon – named Morton – just several hundred meters away from Northam in Western Australia, where he started his voyage.This is “almost impossible from a scientific standpoint. It’s just an amazing coincidence," said Vladimir Balashov, chairman of the Australian center of the Russian Geographic Society.Only one previous attempt to accomplish a solo round-the-world voyage by balloon has been successful: American adventurer Steve Fossett did it in 13 days, 8 hours and 33 minutes in 2002.The amazing story of painter and traveler, Fyodor Konyukhov>>>

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A Russian traveler recently broke a record that has stood since 2002.

On July 23, Russian traveler Fyodor Konyukhov finished his solo round-the-world flight by balloon across three oceans in record time – it took him 11 days, 5 hours and 31 minutes, reports TASS.

Konyukhov not only set a new record at the first attempt, but he also managed to do it by landing his balloon – named Morton – just several hundred meters away from Northam in Western Australia, where he started his voyage.

This is “almost impossible from a scientific standpoint. It’s just an amazing coincidence," said Vladimir Balashov, chairman of the Australian center of the Russian Geographic Society.

Only one previous attempt to accomplish a solo round-the-world voyage by balloon has been successful: American adventurer Steve Fossett did it in 13 days, 8 hours and 33 minutes in 2002.

The amazing story of painter and traveler, Fyodor Konyukhov>>>

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