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First Manned (Tethered) Balloon Ascent, 1783

On October 15, 1783, Étienne Montgolfier became the first human to lift off the earth. He did this in a (tethered) hot air balloon called the Aérostat Réveillon, designed and built by Étienne and his older brother Joseph in their shop in the eastern suburbs of Paris. Joseph-Michel Montgolfier (August  26, 1740 – June 26, 1810) and Jacques-Étienne Montgolfier (January 6, 1745 – August 2, 1799) were the inventors … Continue reading First Manned (Tethered) Balloon Ascent, 1783