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  Round-the-world balloon man almost home
Updated 01 July 2002, 09.18
Steve Fossett's balloon
Steve Fossett is close to completing his dream of flying a balloon around the world on his own.

He is expected to touch down in Australia in the next two or three days, having taken off from the same country on 19 June.

  Click here to see how far Fossett has got

His balloon called Spirit of Freedom is being carried along by a super fast stream of air at 138 miles an hour.

Steve Fossett before taking off
The American millionaire has already broken his own world record for the longest solo balloon flight ever - 14,235.3 miles - that he set in 1998 on a previous attempt.

Flying around the world can be dangerous, and Fossett nearly died on one of his earlier attempts when the weather ripped up the balloon and sent him plunging into the sea near Australia.

But things have gone much better this time, and Fossett is almost ready to finally finish his historic attempt.

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