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James May at the Edge of Space (2009)

TV Movie  |  Documentary  |  21 June 2009 (UK)
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Space: Above and beyond
17 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In James May at the Edge of Space, May gets a chance to fly in a U2 spy plane at 70,000 feet above Earth. It is technically space as you can see the curvature of the earth and the dark space above.

What is more he does not have to risk going on one of these expensive Richard Branson Galactic test craft.

You see May in training for this adventure, having a medical, having problems with the helmet and telling us the history of the early days of these very high altitude spy planes and the space race.

May gives us tips on how to pee into a tube and how to eat apple pie through a straw. However the most emotional part of this short documentary for both us and him is when the U2 reaches 70,000 feet and May realises that he is at the edge of space.

A truly great moment for him as he really does not know what to say and you can see in his face that he has done something remarkable that will stay with him for the rest of his life.

In contrast the early part of the documentary is rather plain.


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