Thought I'd share an amazing story of an incredible man.
Joseph Kittinger, Jr. is best known for his high-altitude balloon flights and parachute jumps that he made while heading the U.S. Air Force's
"Project Excelsior" in the 1950s.
The project's goal was to solve the problems of high-altitude bailout.
It used a high-altitude balloon with an open gondola to travel to the edge of space, with the pilot parachuting from the gondola to the ground.
On August 16, 1960 Kittinger climbed to 102,800 feet (31,333 meters) using the Excelsior III gondola.
He proceeded to jump out of the craft and freefell at speeds up to 614 miles per hour, approaching the speed of sound, experiencing temperatures as
low as minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 70 degrees Celsius).
He was in freefall for 4.5 minutes before he opened his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,486 meters).
Among many other fascinating achievements, Kittinger also participated in "Project Stargazer," a balloon astronomy experiment in December 1962,
along with astronomer William C. White.
The two men rose to an altitude of 82,200 feet (25,055 meters) in a balloon over Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico and hovered for 18.5 hours to
check variations in the brightness of star images caused by the atmosphere.
The USAF and NASA owe much of their success to the R&D done thru Kittinger's missions.
This topic was sort of mentioned here by Russian
Imagine freefalling from space
would you of had the guts ??