DailyDirt: I'm Free... Free-Falling
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
There's been a bit of a resurgence in interest for manned spaceflight because the costs of launching vehicles to the edge of space aren't ludicrous anymore, just outrageously expensive. Despite the advances in rocket launching systems, there's always a chance that something could go wrong -- so ejecting escape pods at high altitudes seems like a good idea, right? Only a handful of people have even attempted to skydive from more than a few miles up. By the end of this year, though, a couple brave souls could set some skydiving records and pave the way for a new extreme sport.
- Felix Baumgartner is planning a free fall jump from an altitude of about 120,000 feet (~23 miles up). If it all works out, he'll break the sound barrier, traveling over 700 miles per hour. [url]
- Michel Fournier has attempted to skydive from about 25 miles up, but he seems to have run into a series of problems. Fournier is in his 60s, so he doesn't have too many more years left to cross this goal off his bucket list. [url]
- Air Force Captain Joseph Kittinger holds the current record for high altitude skydiving -- at 102,800 feet -- from a jump he made in 1960. The Cold War really encouraged some crazy stunts.... [url]
- To discover more links on space exploration, check out what's floating around in StumbleUpon universe. [url]