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A Ring-Side View of the Heavens

Clip: Season 28 Episode 6 | 2m 20s | Video has closed captioning.

Radioing he had "a ring-side view of the heavens" Air Force officer David G. Simons made history in 1957 high aboard his Manhigh II balloon. He rose 101,500 feet above Earth, writing later he could barely comprehend the beauty of the sky. He was celebrated by The New York Times as "The First Space Man." "Space Men" premieres March 1 at 9/8c on PBS American Experience.

Aired: 03/01/16

Rating: NR

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