Aeronautics: Nothing Foolish

When newsmen at Zurich, Switzerland last week wondered why Professor Auguste Piccard continued to postpone his balloon ascension into the stratosphere, even when weather appeared favorable, the long-haired, long-necked Belgian professor told them: "I promised Mme Piccard that I would not do anything foolish." In fact Mme Piccard, whose fifth child was born a few months ago, once made her husband promise not to make the flight at all. That was last year, just after he and his assistant, Charles Kipfer, had ballooned 51,700 ft. into the heavens— higher than man had...

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