Bal­loon man on track to break record

7 Days in Dubai - - DRIVEN -

A 65-year-old Rus­sian ad­ven­turer was bat­tling sleep de­pri­va­tion, freez­ing tem­per­a­tures and ice in his oxy­gen mask but was ahead of sched­ule for his record at­tempt to fly solo in a bal­loon around the world non­stop. Since lift­ing off on July 12, Fe­dor Konyukhov has drifted more than half­way around the world. He is on track to re­turn to Earth some­where in Aus­tralia on Sun­day - 12 days af­ter he started. The pre­vi­ous record of 13 days and eight hours was set by Amer­i­can ad­ven­turer Steve Fos­sett in 2002.

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