In the 1950s and early '60s, a small band of high-altitude pioneers exposed themselves to the extreme forces of the space age long before NASA's acclaimed Mercury 7 would make headlines. Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and human ingenuity in this lethal realm.Premiere Date: March 1, 2016 | Runtime: 00:52:04
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American Experience, TVs most-watched history series, brings to life the compelling stories from our past that inform our understanding of the world today.