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  • Airforce balloonist Captain Joseph Kittinger Jr. is laced into an elaborate pressure suit

  • in preparation for a daring ascent into the stratosphere.

  • Kittinger who weighs 150 lbs. packs a 155 lbs. of suit and equipment.

  • The scientific goals of Kittinger’s ascent are to test a new 6′ stabilizer parachute,

  • designed to keep an ultra-high altitude jumper

  • from spinning and blacking out before he can open the main chute.

  • The balloon reaches the height of 19 1/2 miles.

  • Ok, do you read me Felix?

  • Activate suit and chest pack cameras.

  • Suit and chest pack cameras are on

  • I can see the red lights.

  • Felix, disconnect the oxygen hose.

  • Roger.

  • Ok, Joe I’m ready.

  • There it is, there’s the world out there.

  • Release seat belt.

  • Alright, stand up on the exterior step,

  • keep your head down, and our Guardian Angel will take care of you.

  • Ok, I’m doing it now.

  • Release the helmet tie-down strap.

  • I wish you could see what I can see.

  • Sometimes, you have to be up really high

  • to understand how small you are.

  • I’m coming home now.

  • See if you can get a respiratory count.

  • Speed Five Hundred Forty-Six.

  • Youve been falling twenty-five seconds.

  • Speed six hundred miles per hour.

  • Six-fifty miles per hour.

  • Speed seven hundred.

  • Felix you calling me?

  • Can anybody understand him?

  • One minute. One minute free fall.

  • - anything!

  • I have been in a violent spin

  • for a long time.

  • Feels like I have to pass out.

  • Slow down, he’s got it, he’s got it, he’s got it wooooo

  • Showing Felix in a stable descent.

  • One minute and thirty seconds and stable as a rock.

  • Two minutes into freefall.

  • I’m hauling ass.

  • Felix youre really stable, and youve fallen three and a half minutes.

  • Four minutes freefall.

  • I’m pulling my parachute.

  • We have a good chute on Felix and eight thousand feet.

  • Parachute deployed.

  • That was really tough.

  • Felix we are so proud of you.

  • You did absolutely fabulousabsolutely fabulous.

  • I couldn’t have done any better myself.

  • Field Med Go.

  • Great going Felix. Great going buddy.

  • An automatic camera in the gondola films the leap

  • and Kittinger falls free plummeting 16 miles before opening his chute.

  • His maximum speed 450 miles an hour

  • but the mission is a complete success.

  • He hits the New Mexico desert with four new records.

Airforce balloonist Captain Joseph Kittinger Jr. is laced into an elaborate pressure suit

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