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Up, up and away above sand dunes

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Ellis Neel, Associated Press

The first wave of hot-air balloonists floats into the skies above the dunes during the 12th Annual White Sands Balloon Invitational Saturday at White Sands National Monument, N.M. More than 80 balloonists from around the world gathered for the annual two-day event.