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Learn how aviation and spaceflight transformed the world.
The lunar module represents one of humanity’s greatest achievements: landing people on another heavenly body.
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Hand-colored etching of a cartoon showing two men and two women in a balloon gondola that is becoming detached from the balloon. One of the men is hanging onto the side of the gondola, while the other man is trying to pull him back in. The two women are holding onto the ropes with panicked expressions on their faces. Items are falling from the balloon, including two Union Jacks. A flock of birds surrounds the balloon. 'Published, 1830 by S. Gans Southampton St. Strand.'
Summer Amusement. An Elevated Subject. Far from the busy world remove'd, how peaceful is their "lot"!!
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.