The day of the first solo balloon flight around the world – level 1


Steve Fossett wants to fly around the world. He wants to fly with a balloon. He wants to fly nonstop. His first attempt is in 1996. He isn’t successful. He tries again and again.

In 2002, it is his attempt number 6. He starts his journey in Australia. He flies around the world. 15 days later, he ends his journey in Australia. He is successful. It is on July 2, 2002.

Difficult words: attempt (a moment when you try to do something), successful (when you get what you want), journey (a way).

What was the total number of attempts by Steve Fossett in his quest to fly around the world with a balloon?


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