The second chapter of Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 has been unlocked! This chapter is The Age of the Aeronaut. From flights of fancy to realized aeronautics, learn how aviation opened up new realms of scientific observation, adventure, and entertainment.

If you can visit the National Museum of American History, stop by the Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery to explore the intersection of science and fiction for yourself. Visitor information is online now.

Image is from Samuel G. Goodrich’s The Balloon Travels of Robert Merry and His Young Friends over Various Countries in Europe. New York, 1863.