ADVENTURER FOSSETT PREPARES FOR ALTITUDE RECORD ATTEMPT IN NEW ZEALAND.
U.S. adventurer Steve Fossett (L) and Perlan Project team leader Einar
Enevoldson (rear) get suited up by technician Mike Todd before their
world altitude record attempt in Omarama August 10, 2002. The Perlan
Project's goal is to take a German DG505 glider past the existing
record of 14,938 metres (48,996 feet), through severe turbulence and
extreme temperatures to 18,288 metres (60,000 feet). If the mission
succeeds, a pressurised sailplane will be built to attempt reaching
about 30,000 metres (100,000 feet), on the edges of space.