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Sat Mar 17, 2012, 12:41 AM

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner on track for super jump (BBC)

By Jonathan Amos
Science correspondent

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner is well on the way to setting a world record for the highest free-fall jump.

On Thursday, the adventurer leapt from a balloon-borne capsule 71,500ft (22km) above New Mexico, landing safely eight minutes later.

The dive was intended to test all his equipment before he tries to free-fall from 120,000ft later this year.

In doing so, he would better the mark of 102,800ft set by US Air Force Colonel Joe Kittinger in 1960.

Even just Thursday's jump puts Baumgartner in a select group as only Kittinger and Russian Eugene Andreev have descended from higher.



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more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17399985




Watch that first step, it's a doozie.

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eppur_se_muova Mar 2012 OP
kestrel91316 Mar 2012 #1
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tridim Mar 2012 #3
Odin2005 Mar 2012 #5
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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Sat Mar 17, 2012, 01:20 AM

1. He's gonna die in the 120,000 ft attempt, I suspect.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 17, 2012, 12:41 PM

2. Why? (nt)

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Sat Mar 17, 2012, 01:08 PM

3. At what point does the special pressure suit become a craft?

IMO it already isn't technically a free-fall because he is wearing a space-suit that protects his body.

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Response to tridim (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 17, 2012, 10:53 PM

5. That reminds me of joke about the Mercury space capsules.

"you don't get into Mercury, you put it one!"

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Response to eppur_se_muova (Original post)

Sat Mar 17, 2012, 10:48 PM

4. That would scare me to death!

He's got guts!

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