Parachuting from 120,000 feet

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5 Responses to “Parachuting from 120,000 feet”

  1. morcheeba says:

    I had the please of hearing Kittinger talk at the first Maker Faire. The scariest part of the whole jump was the possibility for a spin that you don’t get in normal jumping: this spin would quickly draw all your blood to your hands, head, and feet, starving the heart of blood to pump.

  2. vonbobo says:

    “Baumgartner’s team says that its primary aim is to advance the science of survival at extreme altitude, not just to break records or publicize (jump sponsor) Red Bull. ”

    Science will be used to determine the exact time of death.

  3. SedanChair says:

    If he succeeds, he’ll beat the longstanding record set in 1960

    Even if he fails, surely he’ll set some kind of record. Deepest hole made by a person without earthmoving equipment, perhaps?

  4. Kaleberg says:

    Science had a short note on this back in February 2010. They even had a hilarious chart which I posted at http://www.kaleberg.com/built/show.php?name=e0646 (Click on the altitude chart for the details.)

    Who says the AAAS doesn’t have a sense of humor?

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