Science: Prelude to Space

No man has lived in space, and only one man has spent more than a moment on the border of space. That man is wiry, redheaded Air Force Captain Joe W. Kittinger, 28, whose balloon of bubble-thin plastic last week rose to a record-breaking 96,000 ft. (TIME, June 10). His flight was planned by Lieut. Colonel John Paul Stapp, head of the Air Force's Aero Medical Laboratory, as an approach to the bristling problem of staying alive in space.

Later flights will be made by scientists skilled in scientific observation, but for the experimental and risky first flight, Space Surgeon Stapp (TIME,...

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