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Departure of Jacques Charles and Marie-Noel Roberts aerost Featured Jacques Charles Print

Departure of Jacques Charles and Marie-Noel Roberts aerost

Departure of Jacques Charles and Marie-Noel Robert's aerostatic globe balloon from the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, on Dec. 1, 1783. Drawing shows Jacques Charles and Nicolas Marie-Noel Robert standing in their hydrogen-filled balloon waving flags, beginning their ascent from the Tuileries Gardens, Paris, with the Versailles Palace in the background. Thousands of spectators are gathered in the foreground to witness the first manned gas balloon flight. Date 1783?

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Early balloon designs, artwork Featured Jacques Charles Print

Early balloon designs, artwork

Early balloon designs. Artwork showing several early balloon designs. The earliest design (top left) is by Francesco Lana de Terzi (1631-1687). It was a flying ship held aloft by four very thin copper spheres measuring 7.5 metres in diameter each. It was never built. At top centre is the Montgolfier balloon, which undertook the first manned ascent in a hot air balloon in November 1783. At centre right and left are the ascending and descending forms of Andre Garnerins's (1769-1823) parachute, which was attached to a balloon. At centre Jacques Charles (1746-1823) and Nicolas Robert (1758-1820) are inflating their hydrogen balloon before making the first untethered ascent with a gas hydrogen balloon in December 1783. At bottom are wings that were attached to the baskets of balloons flown by Vincenzo Lunardi (1759-1806) and Jean-Pierre Blanchard (1753-1809). Drawings by Joseph Clement published in 1818