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Single-handed flight across the North Pole

On 05 April, the French adventurer Jean-Louis Etienne ventured on a balloon flight from Longyearbyen to the North Pole. He almost succeeded in reaching 90°N, but was then blown off at 88°N towards Russia.

Etienne carried instruments to measure carbondioxide levels and magnetism. His first solo expedition to the North Pole was on ski in 1986. This time, he wanted to focus on observations of changes in the high Arctic. On 10 April, after 121 hours and 3130 kilometres, he landed in Jakutia (Russia).

Sourcen: Svalbardposten; Jean-Louis Etienne (Homepage)

last modification: 2014-07-01 · copyright: Compiled by: Elke Lindner