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Floating to Space

Season 1 Episode 4

Nate Lake reaches for the final frontier with JP Aerospace, a group who has spent the past 30 years trying to find a new way into space. But it’s more than that; John Powell and his group of volunteers at JP Aerospace want to open up space to everyone. They think the best way to do that is to use balloons instead of rockets to travel into space. And while floating to space might seem a little out there, Nate discovers that it’s not as crazy as it sounds.

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