Interplanetary flight : an introduction to astronautics by Arthur C. Clarke

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Just over two months later, November 21, the first two humans went aloft. Chosen by King the Louis XVI himself though at first he wanted to send up convicts hand-picked aeronauts were Francois Pilatre de Rozier and the Marquis says their inspiration was paper ashes rising was a shirt hung says the ascending object in a to dry over a — — d'Arlandes. The latter recalled the flight in a letter to a friend. wish to describe as well as I can the first journey which men have attempted through an element which, prior to the discovery of Messrs.

At this point we cease to wonder that Nature, who is accustomed everywhere to imitate others' advantages, makes the swimming of fishes in water so easy and the flying of Birds through the air so difficult, for we see whereas fishes can remain in the midst of water, being of their own accord and without effort held up and poised, and can very easily descend and ascend, and are only moved by the strength of muscles placed transversely and obliquely to the direction of motion; on the other hand, Birds are not resistance of the air; in the moved only with difficulty feathers through the even air, able to float in the air but owe their sustentation to the continual exertion of strength and a projectile force, not external, but natural and intrinsic, by contracting their pectoral muscles by which they make a series of bounds through the air; and this requires enormous strength, as they are not going upon feet supported on solid ground, but on wings supported by very fluid and greatly agitated air.

He damned his art, his wretched cleverness, Rescued the body and placed And where it lies it in a tomb, the land's called Icarus. C. him and ruled the kingdom for was he who built the town of Kaerbadum, which is now called Bath, and who constructed the hot baths there which are so suited to the needs of mortal men. He chose the goddess Minerva as the tutelary deity of the baths. In her temple he lit fires which never went out and which never fell away into ash, for the moment they began to die down they were turned into balls of stone.

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