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Skydiver Leaps From 18 Miles Up In 'Space Jump' Practice 192

wooferhound writes "A daredevil leapt from a balloon more than 18 miles above the Earth today, moving one step closer to a so-called 'space jump' that would set the record for the world's highest skydive. Austrian adventurer Felix Baumgartner stepped out of his custom-built capsule at an altitude of 96,640 feet (29,456 meters) above southeastern New Mexico, officials with Red Bull Stratos — the name of Baumgartner's mission — announced today. In today's jump, Baumgartner experienced freefall for three minutes and 48 seconds, reaching a top speed of 536 mph (863 kph), project officials said. Baumgartner then opened his parachute and glided to Earth safely about 10 minutes and 30 seconds after stepping into the void."
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Skydiver Leaps From 18 Miles Up In 'Space Jump' Practice

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  • First words (Score:5, Funny)

    by EricScott ( 612681 ) on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @10:15PM (#40772415) Homepage Journal
    That's one small step for a man, One giant leap for me.
  • by K. S. Kyosuke ( 729550 ) on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @10:26PM (#40772487)
    Well, the faster you fall, the soundier your speed becomes. The goal is to make a proper *kaboom* instead of the ordinary *swiiish*.
  • So you're saying we have patent trolls asserting their exclusive right to the "look and feel" of a balloon jump.
  • Fail (Score:4, Funny)

    by rossdee ( 243626 ) on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @10:27PM (#40772509)

    The secret of flying is to throw oneself at the ground - and miss.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @10:27PM (#40772517)

    Upon landing Mr. Baumgartner simply requested a cigar and fresh undies.

  • by Grayhand ( 2610049 ) on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @10:51PM (#40772677)
    Committees from both the Darwin Awards and Guinness will be on hand for the final jump. The Guinness people are hoping for multiple awards at the jump. Highest jump, longest free fall, highest velocity in free fall, longest scream in free fall, highest speed a human ever impacted the ground and greatest distance human remains were spread after impact.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @11:01PM (#40772751)

    you didn't miss much since it never happened.


    We really, truly did land on the moon.

    That's why Armstrong punched out that reporter who asked if they really did it. Y'know, because the Neanderthal who responds to an honest question with unprovoked violence is definitely the more rational, superior man. No, he really landed but had something to hide, something so enormous that it shook his very own idea of how the world worked, that made him so irrational to the point of violence.

    The videos were faked because they didn't want us to see what was actually there. Evidence of extraterrestrial life actually near Earth doesn't jive well with keeping the population fat and stupid and dependent on gov't/media (same thing really) and the older influences of religion to define the meaning of their lives. The moon is hollow because it rang like a gong when one of the Apollo spacecraft was crashed into it. The moon perfectly obscures the sun during an eclipse, the dark side never faces the earth, the orbit is not elliptical, it is large compared to the Earth, and therefore generally it could not be a captured body. It's artificial. Whoever built the pyramids at Giza built the moon too. The Bhagivad Gita describes nuclear fucking warfare thousands of years ago, perfectly to the letter the effects of radioactive fallout, then archaeologists found residual radiation in the areas it describes.

    See if something is too different from what you were taught to believe by vested interest who want your thinking to be limited to nation-state affairs, then you automatically reject it, just like a good conditioned subject. Facts are facts. Dare to find your own.

  • by fahrbot-bot ( 874524 ) on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @11:32PM (#40772933)

    Actually, you don't get hot from the friction; you get hot from compressing the air in front of you.

    Kind of like this: Relativistic Baseball [xkcd.com]

    Q: What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?
    A: The answer turns out to be “a lot of things”, and they all happen very quickly, and it doesn’t end well for the batter (or the pitcher).
    ... [ more w/illustrations ]

  • by Tastecicles ( 1153671 ) on Thursday July 26, 2012 @12:33AM (#40773267)

    if you want a "kaboom" try an illudium Pu-36 explosive space modulator.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 26, 2012 @12:52AM (#40773351)

    Aliens, nothing! Here, read this before They brainwash you with more disinformation!

    The "Moon": A Ridiculous Liberal Myth

    It amazes me that so many allegedly "educated" people have fallen so quickly and so hard for a fraudulent fabrication of such laughable proportions. The very idea that a gigantic ball of rock happens to orbit our planet, showing itself in neat, four-week cycles -- with the same side facing us all the time -- is ludicrous. Furthermore, it is an insult to common sense and a damnable affront to intellectual honesty and integrity. That people actually believe it is evidence that the liberals have wrested the last vestiges of control of our public school system from decent, God-fearing Americans (as if any further evidence was needed! Daddy's Roommate? God Almighty!)

    Documentaries such as Enemy of the State have accurately portrayed the elaborate, byzantine network of surveillance satellites that the liberals have sent into space to spy on law-abiding Americans. Equipped with technology developed by Handgun Control, Inc., these satellites have the ability to detect firearms from hundreds of kilometers up. That's right, neighbors .. the next time you're out in the backyard exercising your Second Amendment rights, the liberals will see it! These satellites are sensitive enough to tell the difference between a Colt .45 and a .38 Special! And when they detect you with a firearm, their computers cross-reference the address to figure out your name, and then an enormous database housed at Berkeley is updated with information about you.

    Of course, this all works fine during the day, but what about at night? Even the liberals can't control the rotation of the Earth to prevent nightfall from setting in (only Joshua was able to ask for that particular favor!) That's where the "moon" comes in. Powered by nuclear reactors, the "moon" is nothing more than an enormous balloon, emitting trillions of candlepower of gun-revealing light. Piloted by key members of the liberal community, the "moon" is strategically moved across the country, pointing out those who dare to make use of their God-given rights at night!

    Yes, I know this probably sounds paranoid and preposterous, but consider this. Despite what the revisionist historians tell you, there is no mention of the "moon" anywhere in literature or historical documents -- anywhere -- before 1950. That is when it was initially launched. When President Josef Kennedy, at the State of the Union address, proclaimed "We choose to go to the moon", he may as well have said "We choose to go to the weather balloon." The subsequent faking of a "moon" landing on national TV was the first step in a long history of the erosion of our constitutional rights by leftists in this country. No longer can we hide from our government when the sun goes down.

  • by c ( 8461 ) <beauregardcp@gmail.com> on Thursday July 26, 2012 @08:59AM (#40775839)

    They've tried. No luck.

    Lucas' script has Mars completely populated with cutesy aliens who speak broken English with a (for reasons he refuses to explain) Cockney accent.

    Michael Bay's script has the Mars lander crashing in a symphony of explosions.

    Kevin Smith's script is entirely about the dysfunctional relationships between the crew during the trip out.

Time to take stock. Go home with some office supplies.