|Polar Ice Balloon Crossing Underway|
|Written by Glen Moyer|
|Tuesday, 06 April 2010 09:08|
The first solo attempt to cross the Polar Icecap and the North Pole by balloon is now underway. Polar explorer Jean-Luis Etienne launched his Rozier-type Generali Arctic Observer early on the morning of April 5 in what is expected to be a flight of 7-10 days duration, ending with a landing in Alaska. Etienne says this is the last of his three-part exploration of the polar ice cap, having already done so on foot and on the sea.
"A balloon crossing of the Polar ice has still never been achieved. This will be the last act in my trilogy of solo North Pole expeditions. After reaching the Pole by pulling a dog sled for 63 days in 1986, and then drifting for four months on the sea ice in the Polar Observer in 2002, I am now preparing to undertake a balloon crossing in April 2010."
You can follow the flight's progress, including videos at http://www.jeanlouisetienne.com/generali_arctic_observer/EN/index.cfm
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 April 2010 15:43|