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

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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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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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