In response to Ethan's weatherballoon iphone post:
this is the original. Joseph Kittinger is one helluvan American. The point of the skydive was to determine if humans could perform and survive a high altitude ejection.
I love the little things that people do to make something really really special. In this case, they had a plaque attached to the gondola entrance that read "This is the highest step in the world."
(there are also several videos of it set to epic music)