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Danger in the Jet Stream

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 attempt to travel a minimum of 12,500 miles in their quest to circumnavigate the globe, and details each team's balloon and launch plans. (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)

Expedition '96/'97
Follow the Virgin Global Challenger's attempt 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 January 1997 balloon challenge, had to say about improvements in ballooning, the dangers of flying at high altitudes, and his future 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 virtual 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)



Program Transcript
Complete narration for the TV program.

Teacher's Guide
Danger in the Jet Stream