Space Jumper Finally Gets His Due

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An American pioneer has finally gotten his due.

Retired Air Force Col. Joseph Kittinger went higher and faster than any man had gone before and helped keep America on top in the space race.

In 1960, he went 20-miles high in a helium balloon and then jumped.

"I said a prayer, 'Lord take care of me now,' and I jumped out. By the way, that was the most fervent prayer I ever said in my life."

He braved temperatures near 90-below zero and fell to the earth at more than 700-miles an hour - faster than the speed of sound.

Kittinger was out to prove to the space program that astronauts and pilots could parachute from the edge of space.

And now, nearly 50 year's later -- he's getting the air and space museum's highest honor.

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