A New Frontier
Clip: Season 28 Episode 6 | 2m 31s
Beginning in 1783, balloonists risked their lives trying to view the Earth from a brand new vantage point. But rather than deter aerial exploration, these new and dangerous heights lured explorers ever higher into the clouds. "Space Men" premieres March 1 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience.
Aired: 03/01/16Video has closed captioning.
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Before man could step on the moon, we had to take a giant leap. Premieres 3/1 on PBS.
Before NASA's rockets, a team of explorers took to the skies in balloons. Premieres 3/1
John Paul Stapp tested the limits of human physiology. Premieres March 1 at 9/8c on PBS.
Dr. Stapp's team hoped to fly a man to over 100,000 ft. above Earth. Premieres 3/1 on PBS.
In 1957, David Simons rose a record-breaking 101,500 ft. above Earth. Premieres 3/1 on PBS