Baumgartner and Kittinger
That's Baumgartner on the left. He's shaking hands in January of this year with Joseph Kittinger, who a half-century ago came exceedingly close to what Baumgartner will be attempting. As an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Kittinger was involved in very high-altitude research that helped pave the way for manned space travel. Among those vertiginous research efforts was Project Excelsior, which sought to answer questions such as: Could someone escape from a high-flying aircraft or space capsule using a parachute? Could a person even survive at an extreme altitude?
July 5, 2010 6:00 AM PDT
Photo by: Francois Portman for Red Bull Media House
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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