This MasterPieces 1000pc 13" x 39" Albuquerque Balloons Panoramic Puzzle is a great way to learn more about America, and have fun in the process! This panoramic photograph of Albuquerque was taken by James Blakeway. Albuquerques original attraction was its location near the Rio Grande and its water. As World War II ushered in the atomic age, New Mexico became a center for research and development. Every October, Albuquerque hosts an International Balloon Fiesta, balloonings largest and most spectacular event, attracting as many as 1000 hot air and gas balloons. During the 9 day event, several early morning mass ascensions take place with hundreds of balloons ascending in a short period of time, creating a truly spectacular sight.