It takes an insanely gutsy, fit and experienced skydiver to ride a weather balloon 24 miles up and jump out. Felix Baumgartner, we salute you!
However, for the rest of us, there's a fun alternative. With a weather balloon, a video camera, some minor engineering, and permission from the FAA (very important!), we can send ourselves virtually into the edge of space and see what it's like!
Here's some of my favorite YouTube videos from our nearspace pioneers. Most of these videos involve a toy or some other interesting object attached to the camera with a rig, providing us with a surrogate.
Above: Photo by k2gxt on Flickr, Creative Commons. Some Rights Reserved.