Clip: Season 28 Episode 6 | 2m 5s
Project Manhigh was woefully underfunded and undervalued, but Dr. John Paul Stapp and his Air Force team were certain of the project's success. Using spare parts and ingenuity, they assembled a capsule that attached to a newly-invented balloon they hoped would carry a man to heights over 100,000 feet about Earth's surface. "Space Men" premieres March 1 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience.
Aired: 03/01/16Video has closed captioning.
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In 1957, David Simons rose a record-breaking 101,500 ft. above Earth. Premieres 3/1 on PBS
Since 1783 balloonists risked their lives attempting ever-higher altitudes. Premieres 3/1.
John Paul Stapp tested the limits of human physiology. Premieres March 1 at 9/8c on PBS.
Before NASA's rockets, a team of explorers took to the skies in balloons. Premieres 3/1
Before man could step on the moon, we had to take a giant leap. Premieres 3/1 on PBS.
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