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Nova Collection, Ben Franklin's Balloons

Stéphane Bégoin; Bégoin, Stéphane; Kanopy (Firm)
Format
Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
The first stage in the adventure of human flight began with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th-century Paris, where a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers developed all the essential features of today’s hot air and gas balloons. Their exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin, who was serving in Paris as the American ambassador. To explore this burst of innovation, NOVA re-creates key flights, including the world’s first manned voyage on November 21, 1783. A descendant of the Montgolfier brothers, who invented the hot-air balloon, will join a team to build an accurate replica of the fragile paper and canvas craft using 18th-century tools and materials. NOVA evokes the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time.
Director
Stéphane Bégoin
Release Date
2014
Language
English
Notes
Title from title frames.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by PBS in 2014.
Publisher no.
1132514 Kanopy
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1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 60 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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