What Can Balloons Teach Us

Week of Feb 19: Our key learning this week from S. A. Andrée’s Arctic Expedition.

Our adventures this week brought us to Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, White Sands National Monument, and El Paso Museum of History.

Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum

We’ve always love balloons. But balloons as a form of transportation, that’s quite something.

Our visit to the International Balloon Museum taught us that balloons are used for three main purposes, namely for science, recreation, and during the war.

Stratolab Gondola

This is one of the gondolas used for science. Did you know that before astronauts, there were aeronauts?

Build our own balloon

We also learned how to design and build our own hot air balloon. And Daddy showed us how to weave the basket for the gondola.

Arctic Expedition

We also learned about S. A. Andrée’s Arctic Expedition. It is about three brave men, S. A. Andrée, Knut Frænkel, and Nils Strindberg who flew their hydrogen balloon from Danes Island in 1897.

S. A. Andrée knew his balloon would be successful as it fulfilled these four conditions:

via Wikipedia:

  • It must have enough lifting power to carry three people and all their scientific equipment, advanced cameras for aerial photography, provisions for four months, and ballast, altogether about 3000 kilograms (about 3.5 short tons).
  • It must retain the gas well enough to stay aloft for 30 days.
  • The hydrogen gas must be manufactured, and the balloon filled, at the Arctic launch site.
  • It must be at least somewhat steerable.

White Sands National Monument

Sand! We love sand!

We really really love sand, so Daddy and Mommy brought us to visit the White Sands National Monument, twice!

In fact, we loved it so much that we’ve pledged to preserve and protect it when we were sworn in as the Junior Ranger of White Sands!

El Paso Museum of History

Did you know that the city of El Paso has been ranked as the safest city in America for four years in a row?

During our stay here at El Paso, we visited the Museum of History where we learned about the rich history as well as how life was like in the past!

What can balloon teach us?

These three adventurers, S. A. Andrée, Knut Frænkel, and Nils Strindberg, gave their lives for science and mankind.

This led us to question how we would live our lives and what is our purpose in life?

What about you? What’s your purpose in life?

Posted by Moses and Esther

Hi, we are Moses and Esther. We want to share our life lessons with you as we explore the world during this one year. Will you join us?

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