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Seven years in the making, the so-called Red Bull Stratos Mission to the Edge of Space is expected to break records as the highest, fastest, and longest-duration skydive.
Baumgartner's team estimates the Austrian sky diver and helicopter pilot will reach Mach 1.2—roughly 690 miles (1,110 kilometers) an hour—and free-fall for five and a half minutes before opening a parachute at 5,000 feet (1,524) to float him to the ground.
Originally scheduled for Monday but postponed due to projected high winds, the feat would make him the first human to break the sound barrier without the propu
Originally posted by iwontrun
is there anyway to watch live online w/o the natgeo channel?
Originally posted by xXSvenXx
I assume its been thought of already but this is great research for astronauts if they need to bail out during orbit.
At least they will have an option to dive back home.
Clark was married to space shuttle astronaut Laurel Clark, who was killed aboard Columbia while it was returning to Earth in 2003, and he has dedicated himself to improving astronauts’ chances of survival in a high-altitude disaster.
NASA is paying close attention, eager to improve its spacecraft and spacesuits for emergency escape, but is merely an observer; the energy drink maker is footing the bill and will not say how much it is costing.