STEVE FOSSETT: AN AMERICAN EXPLORER
Finally declared dead after his small plane crashed 5 months ago
I've blogged about Steve Fossett in the past. He's the Chicago businessman/explorer who first successfully circumnavigated the globe in a hot-air balloon by himself. Fossett seemed to push the envelope for speed, distance, and endurance however, whenever he could. He climbed some of the world's highest mountains. He captained a crew that set a new speed record for sailing around the world. He worked with Sir Richard Branson to develop near-space flight projects.
Fossett's small plane disappeared five months ago after taking off in Navada. Massive searches for him over vast distances across the American west turned up nothing. Now it is time to recognize his efforts and hope others will be inspired to aim high and explore the limits of human and scientific capacity.