Safety first

BBC: Balloon record bid called off
A British team attempting to break the world altitude record for a crewed balloon have called off their mission after a last-minute hitch. At 0655 BST, with the envelope inflated to about 50 feet (15 metres), helium started to escape from the polythene structure and it collapsed.

Apparently, they think the gas might have escaped through the little holes they punched into the polythene to prevent children from suffocating.


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