Wed­nes­day

Space Dive 9pm, BBC Four

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On Oc­to­ber 14, 2012, the Aus­trian base jumper Felix Baum­gart­ner pitched out from a he­lium bal­loon 128,100 feet above the Earth’s sur­face, launch­ing him­self into the high­est and fastest freefall ever, be­com­ing the first per­son to sky­dive through the sound bar­rier. This de­tailed doc­u­men­tary fol­lows Baum­gart­ner on his mis­sion to the edge of space to at­tempt the jump. Filmed over his four years of train­ing for the ex­treme al­ti­tudes, he’s aided by the man who had him­self held the freefall record for over 50 years, re­tired Colonel Joe Kit­tinger, who made his own historic jump while he was a test pi­lot dur­ing the early years of the space race. Fea­tur­ing heart-stop­ping footage cov­er­ing the jump it­self, the film also re­veals how the team came close to abort­ing the mis­sion.

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