Joe Kittinger leaps from 100,000 feet above earth on August 16, 1960.

Written and directed by Amanda Pollak, Space Men chronicles the audacious but little-known rocket sled experiments and manned balloon flights, while also seeking to underscore their contribution to the manned space program all in the shadow of the Soviet and American Space Race.  The film aired on March 2016 as part of The American Experience series on PBS.

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Images courtesy of the National Museum of the United States Air Force