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hot-air balloons illuminated before launching in Canada
July 4, 2016

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Like giant lanterns, hot-air balloons glow by the light of their burners “during a [sunset] kickoff for the Canadian Hot Air Balloon Championships,” writes photographer Jeff McIntosh, who made this photo during the 2013 event. The first hot-air balloon to carry passengers lifted off over France in 1783—bearing a sheep, a chicken, and a duck.

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Photograph by Jeff McIntosh, National Geographic Your Shot
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