Balloons (2 of 5)

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The Last Man, Edited by Steven E. Jones


The first balloon voyage with human passengers, over any distance, took place on 21 November 1783. The two aeronauts, M. Pilatre de Roziers and the Marquis d'Arlandes, took off in a seventy-foot balloon from the gardens of La Muette, near Paris, and traveled across the city. They landed unharmed in a field nearly 30,000 feet away from the departure point.


Published @ RC

October 1997