American Experience

Space Men

Season 28 Episode 6 | 52m 4s

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.

Aired: 03/01/16

Expires: 03/01/19

Rating: NR

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