DailyDirt: I'm Free… Free-Falling

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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.

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abc gum says:

Flash Gordon would jump from his spaceship in orbit around the planet Mongo without the benefit of oxygen tanks or parachute – he simply used his super awesome cape! He undertook great risks in order to thwart the evil schemes of the Emperor Ming the Merciless. Boy – those were the days … when the rocket engine exhaust fumes would rise like cigarette smoke from a Lucky Strike and the guide wire oscillations made the rocket ship look as if it were piloted by a drunkard.

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