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Every October for more than 30 years, the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico welcomes visitors to a colorful . The visitors spend much of their time looking up at the sky. That is because they are attending the Albuquerque International Balloon . More than 700 colorful hot air balloons fill the sky. This year, there is also a new ballooning museum. Pat Bodner has more.

The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum opened October first. It the art and science of ballooning. The name honors two men from Albuquerque who were important in the history of balloon flight. They are Ben Abruzzo and Maxie Anderson. Along with Larry Newman, they completed the first crossing of the Ocean by gas balloon in .

The new museum building looks like a balloon on its side ready to . Outside is a real balloon ready to take visitors for a . The museum has a library about ballooning and air flight, films and pictures of ballooning history and educational classrooms.

The museum to answer questions many people ask about balloons and those who fly them: How are balloons ? How do they get up into the air? Why do people fly them at all? The museum also shows how balloons have been used for fun, for war and for purposes.

Visitors can see objects important in the history of ballooning. One is a letter by Frenchman LeSuer Phillipe. He watched what is to be the first balloon flight in the world in . Visitors also can see the first two balloons in Albuquerque in 1882 and .

One exciting part of the museum is called the New Mexico . It is a balloon ride through the state of New Mexico. The shows the beautiful areas of the state that visitors can only see from the air.

say they hope visitors as well as Americans will visit the museum. That is because it also includes about ballooning in other countries. These include parts of a bomb-dropping used by Germany during World War Two. And the worn by a Japanese balloonist in nineteen ninety-four.