The brave men behind America's first venture into space are honored in this fascinating film. The story centers on Captain Jim Hollenbeck, an Air ...more
The brave men behind America's first venture into space are honored in this fascinating film. The story centers on Captain Jim Hollenbeck, an Air Force doctor who insists on using himself as a guinea pig, and performs many detailed tests to discover how the human body will respond to the rigors of space travel. This film received a great deal of information from the Air Force to keep the dramatized story as historically accurate as possible. The character of Captain Jim Hollenbeck is a composite of two real-life space pioneers: Col. John Paul Stapp (rider of the famous rocket sled); and Capt. Joseph W. Kittinger, who performed a free-fall parachute jump from a balloon floating at 102,800 feet in 1961.
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