31 Dec. 1998
Alice Springs, Australia
Team RE/MAX mission control director Dan Pedersen announces the lift off date for the around the world balloon attempt at a news conference in Alice springs December 31. Pedersen says that favourable weather patterns and winds will help the team lift off from Alice Springs January 2. A U.S.-Australian joint venture balloon team will attempt to be the first men to fly non-stop around the globe by flying in a helium-filled balloon in the earth's stratosphere.