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Balloon Animals

Hot air balloons lofted people skyward, but early on they had their share of turbulence.
Publish Date: Topic: Space + FlightSpace & FlightNova
By Ari Daniel

The first hot air balloon flights had their ups and downs. Evan Hadingham, NOVA's Senior Science Editor, describes the adventures of the Montgolfier brothers. They invented the hot air balloon and convinced the world that human flight was possible. Their early escapades involved smoke, royal scrutiny, and farm animals.

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