Balloon Boy

An image from the space balloon launched by a kid from Brooklyn.

Encyclopedia of the Exquisite covers the first parachute (an umbrella contraption launched in Montpellier, France in 1783) and the first hot-air balloon, the ornate aerostatic machine which took off from Versailles as King Louis XVI watched below.

Now a Brooklyn kid and his dad have launched their own weather balloon in to the upper stratosphere, equipped with a parachute, a camera to record the blackness of space, which was attached to an iphone, which would help them track it.

They could have used a little more pomp for their launch, if you ask me, but the filmic results are beautiful, especially the parachute ride back down. I think the Marquis d’Arlandes (1742-1809), one of history’s first aeronauts, would approve.

Here’s the video:


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