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1st Manned Hydrogen Balloon Flight, 1783
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Jacques Alexandre César Charles departs Nesle, France after the landing of the first hydrogen balloon flight from Paris on December 1, 1783. Marie-Nöel Robert (on the ground at left), who accompanied Charles on the flight, takes the statements of the witnesses. Jacques Alexandre César Charles (November 12, 1746 - April 7, 1823) was a French inventor, scientist, mathematician, and balloonist. Charles conceived the idea that hydrogen would be a suitable lifting agent for balloons having studied the work of Robert Boyle's Boyle's Law which was published 100 years earlier in 1662. Charles and the Robert brothers launched the world's first (unmanned) hydrogen-filled balloon in August 1783. On December 1, 1783, he and his co-pilot Nicolas-Louis Robert ascended to a height of about 1,800 feet in a manned balloon. The Robert Brothers (Les Frères Robert) were Anne-Jean Robert (1758-1820) and Nicolas-Louis Robert (1760-1820) skilled engineers with a workshop at the Place des Victoires in Paris.
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