Balloon ascent: James Glaisher faints

Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of the scientist, meteorologist and balloon pioneer James Glaisher (1809-1903) fainting during a record-breaking ascent in 1862; his companion, his usual co-pilot Henry Tracey Coxwell, climbs to the hoop above the basket and lets out gas so that they can descend rapidly. This ascent of 29,000 feet broke the world record for altitude.