The new Star Trek movie begs the question, Can you parachute from space? Of course you can (orbit is another matter – you’ll need to either eliminate your orbital velocity or carry a robust heat shield). If you like our videos, please use the tip jar below. It helps us make more.
50 years ago this fall, Project Excelsior proved you CAN jump from space. Over several jumps, Joe Kittinger demonstrated how a high-altitude pilot could abandon his craft and live to tell the tale.
Spectacular! This is from our Project Mercury set, from a new digital transfer we did with the National Archives, and is the incredible 6-DVD set is available at www.spacecraftfilms.com