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Kittinger and White, Project Stargazer. At left is US Air Force officer Joseph William Kittinger II (born 1928), with US Navy civilian astronomer William C. White at right. Pressure suits and breathing apparatuses are being worn. Project Stargazer was a balloon astronomy experiment that took place from 13-14 December 1963, with Kittinger and White ascending in a helium balloon to an altitude of over 25 kilometres. They hovered for over 18 hours, making observations of the brightness of the stars. Kittinger is famed for his record-breaking descent by free-fall and parachute from over 31 kilometres on a balloon ascent on 16 August 1960.
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