Three French scientists,exploring the atmosphere,soared to 25,000 feet in a balloon. The men took bottles of oxygen with them, but when the balloon landed only one scientist had survived.
The early 1900s brought the dirigible, or blimp. Made of several ballons, it was fitted with motors and propellers that let the pilot steer. A cabin on the underside held more than 100 people on Atlantic crossings.
The man who invented a way to travel safely high into the atmosphere was a swiss named Auguste Picccard, who built a ball-shaped aluminum gondola. Sealed inside with oxygen tanks, he safely reached a height of 54,000 feet.
Brave men kept going higher and higher .
Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones were the first to balloon non-stop around the world, covering 30,000 miles in 20 days.
Planes have long been the way to travel by air, but you often see a dirigible carrying a TV crew above a football game or other sports event.
Hundreds of smeall weather balloons explore the atmosphere and trandings to Earth.