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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 the citizens of Gonesse attacking the Montgolfier balloon after it landed in their village. A number of the citizens are stabbing the balloon with pitchforks, while another is tying it to the back of a horse to drag it through the streets of the village. Having never seen a balloon before, the people of Gonesse thought the balloon was a monster and attacked it. The title of the print is at the top of the page and printed backwards, indicating that the print was meant to be viewed through a zograscope. Descriptions of the scene are below the image in French and German. 'Collection des Profpects. Se vend à Augsbourg dans le Négoce comun de l'Acadenie Imperiale d'Empire des Arts liber aux avec Privilège de Sa Majesté Impèriale et avec Defense de n' en faire m d'vendre de Copies.'
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.