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High Altitude Parachute Jump from the Edge of Space!!

Kittinger set two more records, which hestill holds. On August 16, 1960, Kittinger surpassed the altitude record set byMajor David Simons, who had climbed to 101,516 feet (30,942 meters) in 1957 inhis Man-High II balloon. Kittinger floated to 102,800 feet (31,333 meters) in Excelsior III, an open gondola adorned with a paper license plate that hisfive-year-old son had cut out of a cereal box. Protected against the subzero temperatures by layers of clothesand a pressure suit--he experienced air temperatures as low as minus 94 degreesFahrenheit (minus 70 degrees Celsius)--and loaded down with gear that almostdoubled his weight, he climbed to his maximum altitude in one hour and 31minutes even though at 43,000 feet (13,106 meters) he began experiencing severepain in his right hand caused by a failure in his pressur

Added: Aug-27-2011 Occurred On: Aug-27-2011
By: blackrabbit66
Tags: Kittinger, Excelsior III, High Altitude Parachute Jump, usa
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