Saturday, March 17, 2012

Skydiving record - how daring can you get?

Remember that jump from the upper limits of the atmosphere in the last Star Trek movie? We might get close. 
The actual skydiving record, set by US Air Force balloonist Joe Kittinger during the Excelsior project, is  31 kilometers (102,800 feet).  Daredevil jumper Felix Baumgartner has now jumped from 21.8 kilometers (where the temperature is - 70 C)  and lived.  His goal: become the highest jumper of all time this summer, when he soars to over 36 km in his Red Bull-sponsored balloon and steps out of the capsule. 

COMMENT: Felix, you're crazy.  But I wish you luck.

Stunning photos from the edge of space

Kittinger: Courage in the service of science

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