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  • Stacey

    On August 16, 1960, Joe Kittinger ascended to the edge of space in a balloons gondola, parachuted back to earth and set the record for highest freefall—one that has stood ever since. But on October 8, daredevil Felix Baumgartner is scheduled to try to break that record by jumping from even higher in the stratosphere. As this drama unfolds, revisit Kittinger’s oft-forgotten leap and learn about the mission that spawned it: Project Excelsior.

  • Patrick Walsh

    Austrian sky diver Felix Baumgartner aims to execute the highest free fall in history. For 52 years that record has been held by U.S. Air Force pilot Joseph Kittinger—shown here. It was August 16, 1960. Kittinger had just uttered "Lord, take care of me now" and stepped out of his open-air, helium-balloon gondola, some 20 miles (31 kilometers) up. Thirteen minutes and 45 seconds later, he had traveled from the edge of space to New Mexico using only a pressurized suit and parachutes.

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Free falling at 120 mph from an altitude of 10,000 ft. A few minutes feels like lifetime and your adrenaline pumps for hours afterward.

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skydive1 Once you pull the chute....it's so quiet and beautiful.

"In space the stars are not nearer, just glitters like a morgue." ~Most of the starlight we see, comes from stars and galaxies which have already died. "The whole sky could be black, and we would not even begin to realize it for another four years." ~ A nuclear physicist

I know someday you'll have a beautiful life, I know you'll be a star in somebody else's sky, but why can't it be mine?