Balloons first floated people up into the sky in 1783 in France. They were one of the first ways humans took to the skies.

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    Joseph Kittinger, Jr.: A Part of Something Altogether Glorious December 13, 2022 Before Top Gun, Hollywood Promoted Naval Aviation with Dirigible May 26, 2022 Dealing with the Aftermath of the Hindenburg Disaster May 06, 2022 AirSpace Season 6, Ep. 1: 99 Luftballons April 28, 2022 Before Hubble, There Was Operation Stargazer September 29, 2021
    Events See all Events Learn more Story Time: Sally's Great Ballooning Adventure Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
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    Learn more Story Time: Sally's Great Ballooning Adventure Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
    Tuesdays and Thursdays in June at 11:00 am and 11:30 am
    Learn more Story Time: Sally's Great Ballooning Adventure Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
    Tuesdays and Thursdays in June at 11:00 am and 11:30 am
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    Learn more Thomas W. Haas We All Fly National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC October 14, 2022 - October 14, 2037 Learn more Clouds in a Bag Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA February 01, 2017
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    STEM in 30: A Sky Full of Color: Live from the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Join STEM in 30 as we explore the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and bring you the history of balloons; the science behind hot-air and gas balloons; and the pageantry of the Fiesta. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuk51Ne-b3Y Grade 7, Grade 6, Grade 8 Balloons

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    What’s New in Aerospace: Nation Wide Balloon Launch Update Teacher Trevor MacDuff; students Audrey and Jack; and KMBC9 Meteorologist Neville Miller discuss their balloon launch and what students can learn from a launch. https://youtu.be/QAXpxif3Jdc Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grades 13-14, Grades 15-16, Grades 17-20 Balloons, Physical science

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    Air and Space Live Chat: Master Hot Air Balloon Pilot Bill Costen They may seem low-tech but balloons are important to aviation and space. This live chat features pioneering Black hot air balloon pilot Bill Costen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1860PeSUzKM African American or Black people, Balloons

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    Air and Space Live Chat: Student Balloon Launch: Medium Altitude Balloons Along with the help of teachers from across the country; the Museum launched medium altitude balloons that could potentially travel around the globe. Learn more about these balloons here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WC4nxlrZ2Y Balloons

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    My Path: Master of the Stratosphere Alan Eustace Be curious; build a good team; ask why -- bits of advice from Stratospheric Explorer Alan Eustace https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQiiyOR68nc Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9 Balloons, Behind the scenes, Human spaceflight, Life sciences, People, Technology and Engineering

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    Lift: Lighter Than Air Aircraft Learn about the history and dynamics of hot-air balloons. http://howthingsfly.si.edu/media/lift-lighter-air-aircraft Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Airships, Balloons, Science

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    Learn more The Eagle Aloft: Two Centuries of the Balloon in America Learn more Lighter Than Air: An Illustrated History of Balloons and Airships
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