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Heart Featured History Image

Heart

Heart. Historical anatomical artwork of the human heart, seen from the front. Coronary blood vessels are seen on the surface of the heart, supplying this muscular organ with oxygen so it can pump blood around the body. Blood vessels with deoxygenated blood are blue, while those with oxygenated blood are red. The blood vessels across top are (from left): the vena cava (blue), the aortic arch (red), and the pulmonary artery (blue). The pulmonary vein (not clearly seen) is to the right and behind the pulmonary artery. Veins bring blood to the heart. Arteries carry blood away from the heart. The pulmonary blood vessels carry blood between the heart and lungs. Artwork from Atlas of Anatomy, by Bourgery and Jacob, published in France in 8 volumes from 1831 to 1854

© MEHAU KULYK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Thomas Scott Baldwin, US aviator Featured History Image

Thomas Scott Baldwin, US aviator

Thomas Scott Baldwin (1854-1923), US aviator and balloonist, at the wheel of the Red Devil aeroplane that he designed. Baldwin began his career as a circus performer, using hot air balloons to perform acrobatics from. In 1885 he made the first public descent from a balloon with a parachute. At the turn of the century Baldwin began designing a motorised balloon. The hydrogen-filled airship (dirigible), named the California Arrow, made its first public flight on 3rd August 1904. Baldwin designed airships for the US Army and Navy, set up a training school for airship pilots and, during World War I, became Chief of Army Balloon Inspection and Production

© LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Gusmaos Passarola airship, 1709 Featured History Image

Gusmaos Passarola airship, 1709

Gusmao's Passarola airship. Historical artwork of the Passarola airship design that was proposed in 1709 by the Portuguese priest and naturalist Bartolomeu de Gusmao (1685-1724). Gusmao presented this design to King John V of Portugal, and was awarded a professorship of mathematics at the University of Coimbra, and a lifetime's pension to support his work on the design. The design was similar to that of a kite, with the upper canopy intended to provide lift from either the wind, or a set of bellows. A scheduled public test never took place, but Gusmao is reported to have tried descending from hilltops with similar designs. Artwork from Astra Castra (Hatton Turner, London, 1865)

© SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY