ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Aerial photography balloon. This hot air balloon was used by the French photographer Nadar (a pseudonym for Gaspard-Felix Tournachon), who was the first person to take aerial photographs. The balloon was named Le Geant (The Giant) for its huge size of 6000 metres cubed. It was the inspiration for Jules Verne's novel Cinq Semaines en Ballon (Five Weeks in a Balloon). Photographed in 1863 at Crystal Palace in London, UK.
Model release not required. Property release not required.