The Newsreel of Joseph Kittinger's 19.5-Mile Jump From Space

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

In 1960, Joseph Kittinger's daring leap from 102,800 feet above Earth setting records that remained unbroken for decades. Skydiver Felix Baumgartner plans to break it on October 9, 2012, live streaming the event from a Red Bull-sponsored site. With just a fraction of the technology at Baumgartner's disposal, however, Kittinger's Project Excelsior dive set records for longest jump and fastest speed of a human through the atmosphere. Now, Kittinger is helping Baumgartner in his pursuit of a new record. Watch archival footage of the mission in the original newsreel below, courtesy of the Internet Archive

For an atmospheric (and colorful) twist, see the archival material that was repurposed in this music video for Boards of Canada's "Dayvan Cowboy."

For more videos from the Internet Archive, visit http://archive.org/.

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