- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An international team aiming to break two major ballooning records says the launch of its helium-filled balloon has been delayed again by bad weather.

Pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia hoped Tuesday to set off from Saga, Japan, but the team announced that they are waiting several days because of unexpected and sudden weather changes.

Unfavorable winds scuttled a launch last week.

The pilots are looking to reach North America, an attempt that will put them on course to break a distance record of 5,208 miles.

They also want to break the flight-duration record set in 1978 when Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson and Larry Newman made the first trans-Atlantic balloon flight.

The team’s mission control will be located in Albuquerque.

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