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James May at the Edge of Space

James May takes a rare and privileged flight 70,000 feet above Earth in a U2 spy plane to a place known in the Air Force as the 'space equivalent zone' or the 'edge of space'.

James May always wanted to be an astronaut. Now, 40 years after the first Apollo landings, he gets a chance to fly to the edge of space in a U2 spy plane. But first he has to undergo three gruelling days of training with the US Air Force and learn to use a space suit to stay alive in air so thin it can kill in an instant. He discovers that during the flight there are only two people higher than him, and they are both real astronauts on the International Space Station.

30 minutes

Last on

Wed 17 Jul 2019 01:10

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:12

    Max Richter

    Shadow Journal

  • 00:14

    Led Zeppelin

    When The Levee Breaks


Role Contributor
Presenter James May
Producer Paul King
Director Paul King
Executive Producer Aidan Laverty
Executive Producer Phil Dolling


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