Watch a Man Take a Hot Air Balloon 20 Miles Up… Then Jump

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Nothing on the internet has been really interesting today, so instead of posting something lame, I’m posting footage of Joe Kittenger’s 1960 jump from 20 miles up.

“When I finally got to altitude, 97,000 feet, I’m looking up and it’s absolutely black overhead. I had never been that high before. It was just amazing to look up and see the black sky. It’s really a shocking event to behold,” Kittinger said in an interview with Viceland. “[W]hen it came time to go I stood up, I looked out at the earth, 20 miles bellow me, and I could see for 450 miles. I had confidence in my team, my equipment, myself, and I was ready to go because I was heading back down into a friendly environment. So I said a silent prayer; I said ‘Lord, take care of me now.’ Then I hit the camera button and jumped.” Thought Catalog Logo Mark

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