Joe Kittinger – Project Excelsior

With the news this week of Felix Baumgartner’s 29 km parachute fall, it’s worth looking back at the true pioneer of edge of space parachuting – Joe Kittinger.

In 1960, Kittinger jumped from a helium balloon from an altitude of 31 km, free-falling for four minutes and reaching a speed of 980 km/h, before opening his parachute.

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