I let my vision run from the barren blackness of the heavens down through the indigo to the gently curving horizon far below. I tried to relax. I glanced up once more and the disc of the sun was sharp and brilliant against the ebony backdrop of deep space.Col. Joseph Kittinger describing his record-breaking skydive from 102,800 feet on August 16, 1960.
Even shaded by my helmet’s tinted faceplate, my eyes burnt. Nothing was familiar up there. Nothing seemed real. What I was about to do struck some as gutsy, but to others it was flat-out crazy.
Seriously amazing footage from his jump + his description of it here.
In the news: a jump from the edge of space.
Photograph by Volkmar Wentzel.