Floating in the sky: Hot air balloon fiesta in New Mexico

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Hot air balloons lit up the sky on the first day of the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 3, 2015. (REUTERS)

Hot air balloons lit up the sky on the first day of the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 3, 2015. (REUTERS)

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A vendor sells souvenirs before the sun rises on the first day of the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (REUTERS)

A vendor sells souvenirs before the sun rises on the first day of the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (REUTERS)

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A man uses his phone to take pictures as hundreds of hot air balloons lift off at the Fiesta. Organizers say it’s one of the most photographed events in the world. (REUTERS)

A man uses his phone to take pictures as hundreds of hot air balloons lift off at the Fiesta. Organizers say it’s one of the most photographed events in the world. (REUTERS)

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An attendee smiles as she watches hundreds of hot air balloons lift off. (REUTERS)

An attendee smiles as she watches hundreds of hot air balloons lift off. (REUTERS)

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A combination of factors makes Albuquerque the perfect place for the fiesta: typically clear skies, cool mornings and wind patterns at various elevations that help keep the balloons aloft over the city. (AP)

A combination of factors makes Albuquerque the perfect place for the fiesta: typically clear skies, cool mornings and wind patterns at various elevations that help keep the balloons aloft over the city. (AP)

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Hot air balloons are lit up by flame as they prepare to take off on the first day of the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 3, 2015. (REUTERS)

Hot air balloons are lit up by flame as they prepare to take off on the first day of the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 3, 2015. (REUTERS)

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The nine-day event kicked off at dawn . More than 500 balloons representing dozens of states and nearly 20 different countries registered for the event this year. (REUTERS)

The nine-day event kicked off at dawn . More than 500 balloons representing dozens of states and nearly 20 different countries registered for the event this year. (REUTERS)

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Several balloons that took off in the morning later landed in a nearby park where balloon chase crews were poised to retrieve them. One of the big draws of the balloon fiesta is the ability of spectators to roam the city’s 72-acre (29-hectare) balloon park to watch the morning mass ascensions. (REUTERS)

Several balloons that took off in the morning later landed in a nearby park where balloon chase crews were poised to retrieve them. One of the big draws of the balloon fiesta is the ability of spectators to roam the city’s 72-acre (29-hectare) balloon park to watch the morning mass ascensions. (REUTERS)

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A launch director signals attendees to get out of the way as a hot air balloon lands on the first day of the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. (REUTERS)

A launch director signals attendees to get out of the way as a hot air balloon lands on the first day of the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. (REUTERS)

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A man holds a guide line as he stands in front of hot air balloons being prepared for lift off on the first day of the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 3, 2015. (REUTERS)

A man holds a guide line as he stands in front of hot air balloons being prepared for lift off on the first day of the 2015 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 3, 2015. (REUTERS)

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Hot air balloons fly during the opening day of the 44th International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP)

Hot air balloons fly during the opening day of the 44th International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP)

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