Steve Fossett is currently more than halfway around the world in his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. There are some concerns about a “missing“ 2,600 pounds of fuel and if Steve will be able to make it back to the airfield in Salina, Kansas. It's still unclear if the fuel is really missing or if there is a glitch with a fuel meter.
He is currently over the Pacific ocean and heading toward Hawaii where a reassessment of the fuel situation will be conducted. He may have to abandon the attempt there or might try to reach the west coast of the United States at least. This seems to be very dependent on the tailwind right now.
Track the progress of the Global Flyer on their site.
Update: Steve Fossett just landed back in Kansas, completing the circumnavigation of the globe in 66 hours. Congratulations to Steve and all of the Global Flyer team!
Meanwhile Spirit and Opportunity, the little rovers that could, are still chugging away on Mars. More than nine months after their expected end of lives. Awesome.
Currently listening to: Mariachi Serenade - (02:50)
Maurice Jarre, A Walk in the Clouds Original Motion Picture Soundtrack