This is the story of this amazing picture...
Before the Space Race.
Before the Apollo program.
Before there were astronauts.
One man went into space, without a rocket.
This is the forgotten story of the first man to walk in space, and his extraordinary journey back to earth.
The Lonely Leap
(sadly they won't allow me to embed the trailer here)
On Aug. 16, 1960, Col. Kittinger stepped from a balloon-supported gondola at the altitude of 102,800 feet. In freefall for 4.5 minutes at speeds up to 714 mph and temperatures as low as -94 degrees Fahrenheit, he opened his parachute at 18,000 feet. (U.S. Air Force photo)