Wednesday, February 17, 1999 Published at 10:44 GMT
Special report: Aviation's last great challenge
It is the world's last great aeronautical prize: To circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon. Until 20 March 1999, the goal had eluded everyone. In this special report BBC News Online brings you an in-depth look at both the balloonists and ballooning.
Elson and Prescot answer your questions Before their attempt ended in failure over Japan, the Cable and Wireless team told you all you needed to know about smashing the endurance record to taking a walk outside the capsule.
Send in YOUR reaction to the first round-the-world balloon trip: