Hydrogen balloon (1783)

Hydrogen balloon (1783)

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Caption: Hydrogen balloon. Historical artwork of a procession, following the safe landing of the first passenger-carrying flight of a hydrogen balloon. Professor Jacques Charles, French physicist and inventor of the balloon, and Nicholas Robert took off from the Tuileries Palace in Paris, France on 1 December 1783, watched by a crowd of 80,000 people. The balloon travelled for 43 kilometres before landing briefly. Robert got out and Charles ascended again to become Europe's first solo balloonist. Gas balloons are known as Charliers in France, after their inventor.

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