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Joe Kittinger, August 1960.
courtesy National Geographic Society
Felix Baumgartner, October 2012.
courtesy Red Bull Stratos, SOURCE

Watch live Space Jump: comparison of technology from past to present

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(Newsdesk) “With barely a minute left, I read the gauges on my instrument panel one last time. I disconnect my onboard oxygen supply and begin to breadthe from the bailout bottle in my seat pack. I take a breath and hold it. This is no fantasy. I am real here. I pull myself up and grab the edges of the doorway. I can feel my heart hammering like a machine. I activate the cameras. I release the antenna. Lord take care of me now. I jump from space.” These are the words written in the autobiography...

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