Philippe Petit: Extended Interview

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This is an extended audio interview from “The Science of High-Wire Stunts with Philippe Petit” on StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

On August 7, 1974 French high-wire artist Philippe Petit walked out between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, suspended 1,368 feet above the ground on a wire only 3/4” in diameter. Learn about the science behind the stunt, and what was going through Petit’s mind in the process.

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