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Photo: a man leaps from a high-altitude balloon

Free Falling
“Lord, take care of me now,” Joseph Kittinger prayed, then leaped from a high-altitude balloon over New Mexico, falling for 13 minutes to test a parachute for flyers.

Photograph by Volkmar Wentzel


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