Wondering who wrote the first description of flying over a landscape, I came across this charming passage by Jacques Charles, French scientist and inventor of the hydrogen balloon. Charles wasn't the first to fly—that honor goes to Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and the Marquis d'Arlandes, who fle...
March 04, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Jupiter’s moon Europa is a worthy target for exploration, so don’t get me wrong. It’s good news that NASA and the European Space Agency are going forward with plans for a dual-spacecraft mission to Europa, Ganymede and Jupiter's other moons in 2020. It just means we won’t see balloons flying over S...
February 27, 2009 | By Tony Reichhardt
Mars, Venus, Titan - wherever there's air, we can explore by balloon.
July 2006 | By Joe Pappalardo
What a satellite can do, balloons can do cheaper.
January 2002 | By T. A. Heppenheimer
First it carried a Japanese bomb 5,000 miles across the Pacific. Then it carried Don Piccard across Minneapolis.
May 2001 | By Don Piccard