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2008-09-20 12:00:27

A photo gallery of Friday's hot-air balloon festival on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. (c) 2008 Deseret News (Salt Lake City). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-08 09:00:51

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- An emergency dispatcher in suburban Philadelphia said a hot-air balloon crashed and burst into flames on Sunday, killing one person and injuring the six others who were on board. The Chester County Emergency Services dispatcher said the balloon crashed at 6:40 p.m. in Phoenixville, 22 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Those injured were taken to area hospitals. There was no immediate word on their conditions. Emergency officials did not know where the flight...

2008-09-03 18:00:41

Health Canada is advising parents and caregivers of the dangers associated with balloon blowing kits. Anyone having them is urged to immediately take them away from children. On August 20, 2008, Health Canada inspectors removed 1,574 children's balloon blowing kits from sale at the Central National Exhibition (CNE) fairgrounds in Toronto, Ontario. Between August 15th and the 20th an unknown number of these prohibited toys were sold to the public at the exhibition. The toys were sold at...

2008-07-25 03:00:32

By Imani Tate Art and entertainment collided when Don Caldwell of Garden Grove was 18, giving him the chance "to be an artist and a ham all at once." Caldwell, a nationally acclaimed balloon artist and entertainer for schools, libraries, community centers, clubs and corporate affairs, has been best known as Buster Balloon for more than 20 years. Remembering his childhood treks to four libraries within a 10- mile radius of his family home, Caldwell confessed that libraries are still...

2008-07-07 00:00:04

By The Associated Press BEND, Ore. (AP) - A man flying across Oregon in a lawn chair rigged with helium-filled balloons has reached his destination Saturday. A reporter tracking Kent Couch for the Oregonian newspaper says he landed safely near Cambridge, Idaho. The 48-year-old lifted off at dawn from his gas station in Bend, Ore., and flew with the wind at about 20 mph. It was Couch's third try at the journey. (c) 2008 Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque). Provided by ProQuest Information...

2008-07-06 18:00:05

By William Hageman, Chicago Tribune Jul. 6--The Adler Planetarium's recent launch of a Marshmallow Peep into space is a twist on experiments that the 10-person Adler crew has been conducting for a while. The payload on this launch, Mission 12 of the Far Horizons program, was an experiment by two students at Aurora's Illinois Math & Science Academy who wanted to measure how much brighter it is in space. Astro Peep just hitched a ride. "On any mission we like to use a video camera to...

2008-07-06 12:00:03

A man flying across Oregon in a lawn chair rigged with a rainbow array of more than 150 helium-filled party balloons has reached his destination. A reporter tracking Kent Couch for the Oregonian newspaper says he landed safely near Cambridge, Idaho, on Saturday afternoon. The 48-year-old lifted off at dawn from his gas station in Bend, Ore., and flew with the wind at about 20 mph. "If I had the time and money and people, I'd do this every weekend," Couch said before getting into the chair....

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2008-06-04 09:42:53

High altitude balloon exceeds 18 vertical miles during flightThe Alaska Space Grant Program and the Arctic Amateur Radio Club formed the Balloon Experiment And Research Program"”or B.E.A.R. for short"”in December 2007. The program's aim was to launch a high altitude balloon equipped with two amateur radio signals and more from Poker Flat Research Range in the spring of 2008. On May 10, BEAR participants met to inflate and launch their first balloon. It flew as high as 95,327 feet...

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2005-03-29 07:37:59

BOMBAY (AFP) -- Indian industrial tycoon and aviator Vijaypat Singhania said he will attempt a new world record by flying a hot air balloon to an altitude of 70,000 feet (over 21,000 metres) later this year. The flight, entitled "MI 70K" (Mission Impossible 70,000), will take place mid-November in Bombay, India's financial capital, Singhania told a media conference here. At least 17 aviators have attempted to beat the existing high altitude balloon record of 64,997 feet (19,811 metres) set...

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2005-02-16 14:02:07

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) -- U.S. space agency NASA plans to launch several massive helium balloons from a northern Sweden launch pad this summer, officials said Wednesday. The balloon campaign will begin either in May or June when a large - and heavy - telescope will be launched, along with a test flight of a newly developed long-last balloon vehicle. NASA plans to launch balloons for westward flights, from Esrange to Alaska. The giant helium-filled balloons have a volume of up to 1.3...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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