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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    Flights of Fancy Craft Time: Make a Balloon Basket Make a pretend hot air balloon with a strawberry basket and give your toys a ride https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJBAtDW8FmY&list=PL6RlkQnoCx_UqnikM_517xQnqrkN8IBor&index=14 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2 Balloons, Aviation, Science

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    Flights of Fancy Story Time: The Incredible Balloon Flight to Dizzying Heights National Air and Space Museum. Museum educator Ann Caspari will read the original story The Incredible Balloon Flight to Dizzying Heights. https://youtu.be/BcekIlHC-C4 Grade PK, Grade K, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3 Balloons, People, Science

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    E.Z. Science: Balloon Science Watch the fifth episode of our #EZScience series to learn how NASA uses balloon science to better understand our planet and universe. https://youtu.be/yW38YH3oFi0 Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12 Airships, Balloons, Space

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    How Things Fly: Bouyancy Learn how bouyancy makes a hot air balloon or blimp float. http://howthingsfly.si.edu/gravity-air/buoyancy Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Airships, Balloons, Science

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    STEM in 30: Pushing the Envelope: The Art and Science of Ballooning Learn about the art and science of ballooning from Air and Space experts and ABC’s chief meteorologist Ginger Zee in this episode of STEM in 30. https://youtu.be/sqoXjiWnm2Y Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8 Balloons, Records and Firsts

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    Try This at Home: Build Your Own Hot Air Balloon Do you want to build a hot air balloon using materials you have around the house? Check this out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BS9JUh7PwI 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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