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Great balloon challenge Wednesday, 13 August, 2003, 07:24 GMT 08:24 UK
Balloonists: Next stop Geneva
After a good night's sleep the record-breaking Anglo-Swiss crew of the Breitling Orbiter 3 balloon are receiving a hero's welcome in Geneva.

Stranded balloonists rescued
The crew of the Breitling Orbiter 3, the first balloon to fly non-stop around the world, has been picked up several hours after landing in the Egyptian desert.

Desert touchdown for balloon heroes
Record-breaking around-the-world balloon Breitling Orbiter 3 finally lands safely in Egypt, bringing to an end one of the century's last great adventures.

News Online users cheer record balloonists
Soon after the two-man crew crossed the finish line and news of their feat was published messages of congratulations started to flood in to BBC News Online.

Sky-high hopes
It is the world's last great aeronautical milestone: sailing around the world in a hot air balloon - six teams have tried and failed two years running and they are all determined to try again this year.



Balloons make history
Balloonists first sailed aloft more than 200 years ago. Modern balloons can be very hi-tech but the pioneers of the past had to be resourceful.



Ballooning's 'triumph of a dream'
The record-breaking Anglo-Swiss crew of the Breitling Orbiter 3 balloon have been reunited with their families in Geneva.

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