Who is Joe Kittinger?
On Aug 16, 1960 as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, he ascended in a specially constructed ballon to 102,800 feet, right on the edge of space, and performed a parachute jump in the name of science.
His freefall lasted four and a half minutes and he broke the speed of sound, traveling at 714 mph.Â After he released his parachute, his descent lasted 13 minutes and 45 seconds.
Here is the cool part, he had a camera strapped to him.Â You can watch part of this event here.
Keep in mind that Yuri Gagarin was the first human to travel in space on April 12, 1961.