Neptune balloon accident, 1878

Neptune balloon accident, 1878

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Caption: Neptune balloon accident. Historical artwork showing how the French balloonist Jules Durouf used an air anchor on 13 September 1878 to successfully survive an accident in his balloon, the 'Neptune'. A similar accident later resulted in the death of the English aeronaut Joseph Simmons in August 1888, but Durouf had used a longer anchor which resulted in a slower emergency descent. Durouf also took other precautions which helped him survive the descent, and his anchor caught at ground level rather than at tree-top height. Artwork from the second volume (second period of 1888) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.

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