Quiz | Easy like Sunday morning: The many records set on August 27

The many records set on this date

August 25, 2023 10:00 am | Updated 04:17 pm IST

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Quiz | Easy like Sunday morning: The many records set on August 27
German athlete Bridget Fischer has won eight gold medals over six Olympic games, and was chosen as the German sportswoman of the year in 2004
1 / 10 | On August 27, 1783, French scientist Jacques Charles and his team launched a balloon that eventually reached a record altitude of 900m. Earlier, all attempts had used hot air, but Charles studied the behaviour of gases, so chose a different path. They engineered the balloon with silk sheets, rubber and turpentine, making it possible to hold a very light gas. What gas did Charles use, which till an unfortunate incident, powered balloons for years?
Answer : Hydrogen

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