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At midday on March 20, 1999, a balloon carrying Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones 11,000 m (36,000 ft) above Mauritania floated past an imaginary finish line at longitude 9 27' W. At that moment, Piccard and Jones became the first balloonists ever to travel nonstop around the world. The trip in the Breitling Orbiter 3, begun March 1 in the Swiss Alps, took 19 days, 21 hours, and 55 minutes to complete and took the balloonists over Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

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