It was the first time many students of Danville Kids University had seen a hot air balloon up close, let alone ride in one.
It was all part of Shooting for the Stars on Saturday at the Danville-Boyle County Airport, DKU's theme this five-week session that focuses on space.
About 90 kids from Danville's elementary schools are studying at DKU this term. They meet on Saturdays at Bate Middle School. Saturday, though, they left the classroom for a little hands-on learning with David May and his hot air balloon for a tethered ride.
"It was kind of scary," said 8-year-old Ainsleigh Brown. "I was scared because it went up high."
She is not a fan of heights, but 9-year-old Precious Smith is.
"It was fun," she said. "I wanted it to go farther and higher."
The event gave a hands-on approach to learning about space as the pilot explained how the balloon is able to take flight. An airplane also was on site for kids to get an up close look. They were allowed to climb in and get their pictures taken.