Then a fire broke out on board the capsule.
Fossett had to climb outside high above the ground, and put it out before it set fire to the balloon's gas supply.
Finally, when Fossett's Spirit of Freedom balloon did hit the ground in Australia, the wind dragged it along for 15 minutes before his 14-day journey came to an end.
Next adventure planned
Amazingly the 58-year-old is already a planning his next spectacular adventure.
He's hoping to fly a glider up to the edge of the earth's atmosphere, almost into space, above south New Zealand.