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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2002 - Community. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 16, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20875/show/20751.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2002 - Community. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20875/show/20751

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 2002 - Community, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed April 16, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/20875/show/20751.

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Title Houstonian 2002
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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  • University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Title Community
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript So when does this thing start, anyways? People set out lawn chairs and relax as they wait for the balloons to lift off. The weather was warm and the sky was sunny, a perfect day for ballooning. Photo by Rich Risma Intrepid writer Ken Fountain actually went up as a passenger in a hot air balloon. Said Fountain, "It was one of the most horrible experiences of my life." ediunar Festival Two balloons pause over a body of water. Their reflections can be seen on the surface below.. Each August, in conjunction with the annual open house of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the Clear Lake area plays host to the Ballunar Liftoff Festival, a gathering of hundreds of ballooning enthusiasts from around the country. The event included Balloon Glows at dusk, when festival attendees witnessed pilots firing propane gas into the unfurled balloons, which were tethered to the ground. The area became a multi-colored panorama resembling an otherworldly landscape. But the real fun belonged to the pilots, and those lucky enough to snag a ride with them. Each morning and evening the balloonists participated in launch contests. The object of the contest was for the pilot to navigate his or her balloon toward a predetermined set of coordinates to drop a marker closest to a large orange "X" painted on the ground, usually in an open field or a track. Before the launch they were briefed by officials on wind and weather conditions. Then the race began, first to find the best spot from which to launch. Once in the air, the pilot had to use his or her own knowledge, skill and luck to get closest to the mark. The pilots were competitive, but not fiercely so. At the mercy of the elements, they good-naturedly accepted their fates when the target passed tantalizingly out of reach. After the markers were dropped, the trip evolved into a leisurely-paced sightseeing tour, with the balloons bobbing over houses and skimming the edges of trees, their pilots exchanging pleasantries with onlookers. Just as all good things must end, the balloonists finally picked a good landing spot and made the often bumpy return to earth. - Ken Fountain t » \JLL\$? Lxommunity Balliuear Festival \^27/