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David:
When I was five years old,
my mom took me to see a movie

about a boy that floats away
on a bunch of balloons.

I've never forgotten
that image,

and now I'm gonna make it
a reality

by holding onto a bunch
of balloons

and flying as high
as I can possibly go.

( music playing )
( indistinct chatter )
Everything else
that I've ever done
has been about endurance

and pushing past what I thought
was possible.

I was buried alive in a coffin
for a week.

I was in a block of ice
for 63 hours.

I stood on a pillar
for a day and a half,

and I lived in a small box
in London for 44 days

with nothing but water.
So of all of these stunts,
my favorite one by far

is Ascension.
( music playing )
I did almost 500 jumps
out of an airplane.

I've gotten
my balloon pilot license

and then my commercial
pilot license.

I had to learn how to prepare
for the temperatures,
the hypoxia,

and I trained and did
everything that I could
for this.

But you can't prepare
for the unexpected.

( music playing )
Good to go, good to go.
( indistinct chatter )
As soon as you're released,
you feel like you're just
floating with the wind.

It's unlike anything
that I've ever felt.

( cheering )
My friends and family below
became further and further
away.

I felt myself becoming
smaller and smaller

as I started to ascend.
( music playing )
You actually feel like
you're part of the wind

as you move along
without any sound whatsoever.

As a pilot above 14,000 feet
altitude,

you're required to breathe
supplemental oxygen.
But I didn't.

Luke: All right.
So, David, just don't talk.

Hang out, take your time.
How are you feeling?

I'm done with talking.
I've been working on
a breathing technique

for the last few decades,
and I knew that this would
help me keep my blood oxygen
levels high enough

that I would be able
to keep pushing.

Luke: Great.
So we're at about 15,000 feet.

This is where I would like
to see you, uh,

pull that oxygen down
and take some breaths
of O2 here.

I'm still good.
I'm still perfect.
Oxygen started low,
but now it's climbing.
Heart rate at 145.
Pulse oximeter at 93
and climbing.
I'm not gonna talk for a minute
just to get it up.
( heavy breathing )
( music playing )
David: We were having difficulty
going into a Class A airspace,

which is 18,000 feet
because that's where jets fly,

and it's considered
very dangerous.

Once you go
above 18,000 feet,

the temperatures
are way below freezing.

Basically every 1,000 feet,
you lose about three
and a half degrees.

Luke: You're going 13 miles
an hour across the ground,

and you're going up
at 500 feet a minute.

David: I was so worried
that I wasn't going to be able
to go that high.

The Earth started to look
amazing from that vantage point

unlike anything
that I had ever seen.

I felt like I was on
another planet.

My team thinks
that I'm hypoxic,

so they want me to start
taking oxygen now.

( music playing )
Luke: All right, David.
It looks good, man.

It's all you.
We're gonna shut up
and let you do your thing.

Open at 7,000 feet.
David: At almost 25,000 feet,
I knew it was time to jump.

Now comes my most difficult
part.

I've never landed on terrain
like this yet,

but I'm ready,
and I can't wait to get back
to my daughter.

( music playing )
Luke: Wow!
( laughing )

That was awesome!
– Dessa: Yeah.
– Luke: Wow!

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