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Felix Baumgartner - record-breaking leap from the edge of space

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Daredevil Jumps, and Lands on His Feet - NYTimes

 

 

Felix Baumgartner, the professional daredevil, jumped from a balloon more than 24 miles above the Earth on Sunday, and landed safely on his feet.

 

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Amazing! In the press conference afterwards, Felix said the best moment was when he was standing on the edge of the capsule just before the jump.

 

 

Fearless Felix did it with a little help from his friends, including Joe Kittenger who did a similar record breaking leap in 1960, but not from quite as high as Felix did today.

 

The livestream also broke Internet records as more than 7.1 Million viewers watched the youtube stream!

 

BTW: Today was also the anniversary of when Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the X-1!

 

 

For those keeping score, Baumgartner, according to preliminary data, had an exit altitude of 128,100 ft, a free fall of 4 min 20 seconds*. for a distance of 119,846 feet. Baumgartner achieved a maximum velocity of 373 meters per second, 833.9 miles per hour, faster than the speed of sound, or Mach 1.24.

 

From WashPost article, Felix Baumgartner lands after flying faster than the speed of sound (LIVE BLOG)

 

* On August 16, 1960, he (Joe Kittenger) made the final jump, from the Excelsior III, at 102,800 feet (31,300 m). Towing a small drogue parachute for initial stabilization, he fell for 4 minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 614 miles per hour (988 km/h) ~ Per wikipedia on Joe Kittenger

 

I thought it was awesome that Felix, who had already broken three records today (plus the Internet record of youtube viewers), just happened to pull the cord, just shy of breaking Joe Kittenger's final jump free fall time record, so Joe's free fall time record remains. Just a stroke of luck. He needed to pull the chute before his visor got too fogged up to be able to see to pull the chute.

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This was one of the more intense five minutes I have ever watched on video... simply insane.

 

I think it is incredible that he landed on his feet.

 

Adam

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Stated he's going to retire quietly...

 

Flying Rescue helicoptors in Australia and the States...

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The BBC will have a documentary on Felix fairly soon.....

 

Adam

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Meh... not impressive at all. In my younger days, I once did a summersault off the deep end of the pool and came out with no shorts on. (The girls were very impressed).

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I think it is a great thing. I actually was able to watch it. Was amazing. I thought it was amazing that he went for help to overcame his fear of being closed in/claustophobia (the suit for hours on end) just so he could do this.

 

How Claustrophobia Nearly Grounded Supersonic Skydiver Felix Baumgartner - Wired

 

Of all the things Felix Baumgartner had to worry about while pursuing his dream of skydiving from 120,000 feet, the one that almost stopped him cold was…

Claustrophobia.

“Fearless Felix” got a bit freaked out by the pressurized suit he’ll wear during his ascent and, more importantly, his supersonic descent from 23 miles up on Sunday. Getting over his discomfort was a key hurdle to clear as the Austrian adventurer set out to make the highest skydive ever.

Normally, to me, such in my mind, justified fears, would feel like self preservation kicking in. But he pushed past it ... with a little help. But, there are many 'justified' fears, that people must overcome to do great things, courageous things, save lives, break new ground. To see someone overcome that, was simply inspiring to me.

 

3 Leadership Lessons From Felix Baumgartner - Forbes

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Yeah I know, shocking. When I took the original image and resized it, it came out just fine. It wasn't until afterwards when I uploaded to the forum that the image looked really blurry.... I'm still playing around with it a bit.

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between wwi and wwii, a spanish fellow made a pressure suit for his attempt at setting the worlds record (at the time) altitude jump.

the 2nd ww stopped his attempt and his pressure suit was confiscated by the fascists for use as... a poncho, i think.

 

red bull sponsors some very cool events! glad they got in on this one to make it happen!

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Yes, it was great that they did that (Red Bull). I had no idea they sponsored such cool stuff till now.

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That horsehead nebula is an amazing image. Here's a wallpaper sized version from here:

 

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Can also click through on the image to see the full sized version.

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That horsehead nebula is an amazing image. Here's a wallpaper sized version from here:

 

I actually got a hi-res version from APOD's website and used GIMP to cut it down to wallpaper size. I noticed the version you linked to has some foo-foo stardust glitter.... probably will appeal to the female audience here.

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lol at conan obrien - slim jim stunt! :D

 

beautiful, lilbambi!

makes one wish for a star-ship to go visiting in!

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