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Messner used to be the writer of a number of dozen books in German, numerous of that have been translated into English. awesome between those are his autobiography, Die Freiheit, aufzubrechen, wohin ich will: ein Bergsteigerleben (1989; Eng. trans. loose Spirit: A Climber’s existence, 1991); Antarktis: Himmel und Hölle zugleich (1990; Antarctica: either Heaven and Hell, 1992), describing his trek throughout Antarctica; and Der nackte Berg (2002; The bare Mountain, 2003), approximately his fateful climb of Nanga Parbat in 1970. 169 Explorers of the twentieth and twenty first Centuries: From Auguste Piccard to James Cameron Brian Jones (b. March 27, 1947, Bristol, England) T he British aviator Brian Jones completed—with captain Bertrand Piccard—the first nonstop circumnavigation of the globe by way of balloon on March 20, 1999. The journey, started through Jones and Piccard on March 1 aboard the Breitling Orbiter three, took 19 days, 21 hours, and fifty five mins to accomplish. beginning within the Swiss Alps, the balloon carried the pair over Europe, Africa, Asia, valuable the US, and the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Jones realized to fly at age sixteen and left tuition early for a 13-year stint within the Royal Air strength. even if he didn't get entangled in ballooning till 1986, through 1989 he had received a balloon-flying license and had develop into an teacher. He served as undertaking supervisor of a few Breitling missions, overseeing development of the craft. He used to be initially specific as a Brian Jones, 1999. Breitling SA 3rd copilot of Breitling Orbiter three yet grew to become a hundred and seventy Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya Piccard’s sole copilot after Wim Verstraeten and one other pilot sponsored out of the flight. numerous high-profile makes an attempt to circumnavigate the globe through balloon, together with these by way of American adventurer Steve Fossett and British billionaire Richard Branson, failed within the months prime as much as Piccard and Jones’s profitable flight. even though Piccard and Jones needed to skirt a few no-fly zones, they obtained permission to fly over southern China and therefore have been capable of seize a key jet circulation air present over the Pacific. They ended their ancient flight on March 21 in Egypt, with a secure touchdown close to the Pyramids of Giza. The Breitling Orbiter three gondola was once recovered and put on exhibit on the Smithsonian Institution’s nationwide Air and house Museum in Washington, D. C. Upon of completion of the circumnavigation, Jones helped plan a couple of high-profile ballooning initiatives, together with an try to holiday the ballooning altitude checklist. In 2004 he joined Piccard’s sun Impulse venture (the layout, building, and flying of a totally solar-powered aircraft) as a project coordinator. He used to be named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1999. Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya (b. August eight, 1948, Moscow, Russia, U. S. S. R. ) T he Soviet cosmonaut Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya grew to become, in 1984, the 1st girl to stroll in house. 171 Explorers of the 20 th and twenty first Centuries: From Auguste Piccard to James Cameron The daughter of worldwide warfare II fighter ace Yevgeny Savitsky, Savitskaya confirmed a flair for aviation at an early age.

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