Jeannette Piccard

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Jeanette Piccard in 1934

Jeannette Ridlon Piccard (5 January 189517 May 1981) was an American aeronaut, who pioneered balloon flight, a teacher, scientist and priest.


  • Sonny, I'm old enough to have changed your nappies.
    • To John Allin, presiding bishop, Episcopal Church of the United States, who had asked the Philadelphia Eleven not to proceed with their ordination as priests.
    • Quoted in Goldman, Ari L. (30 July 1994). Religion Notes. The New York Times.
  • If we do not add something to the knowledge of cosmic rays by our trip to the stratosphere this summer, we had better not go. We had better stay on the ground, be hewers of wood and drawers of water.
  • When you fly a balloon you don’t file a flight plan; you go where the wind goes. You feel like part of the air. You almost feel like part of eternity, and you just float along.
    • Quoted in Sorenson, Paul (1998-1999). Looking Back.... AEM Update, University of Minnesota Institute of Technology.

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