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 Three Men and a Balloon Related NOVA Resources

The following Resources from the companion Web site, which originally accompanied the PBS/NOVA Online Adventure, "Balloon Race Around the World," accompany this program:

Global Contenders '97/'98
This graphic illustrates the cruising altitudes of the five challengers who will travel a minimum of 12,500 miles in their quest to circumnavigate the globe, and details about each team's balloon and launch plans. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Expedition '96/'97
Follow last year's attempt by the Virgin Global Challenger to ride the jet stream non-stop around the world. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Steve Fossett Interview
Read what balloonist Steve Fossett, the odds-on favorite for the upcoming balloon challenge, has to say about improvements in ballooning, the dangers of flying at high altitudes, and his next attempt to fly around the world. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Virtual Balloon Flight
Take a 4-minute flight in a hot air balloon over Nevada's Black Rock Desert, where you float over an ancient dry lake bed surrounded by rugged mountains. (Shockwave plug-in required. Slide show of flight requires RealPlayer plug-in.) (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

The Science of Ballooning

Floating and Sinking (Hot Science)
Learn about density of materials and what makes a balloon float in this interactive activity. (Grades 6-8)

Up, Up, and How Far Away? (Hot Science)
Determine how you can use your thumb and arm to estimate the distance to an object. (Grades 3-5, 6-8)

The History of Ballooning
Follow the history of ballooning from its inception in 1783. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

The Atmosphere
Learn about the atmosphere's layers—troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere—and which layer the balloonists fly in. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

The Jet Stream
Find out what the jet stream is, how high it is above the Earth, how big it is, and how fast it blows, among other facts. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

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Resources

Program Transcript
Complete narration for the TV program.

 Three Men and a Balloon Original broadcast:October 15, 1996