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First Human Supersonic Space Jump: Live Coverage
10-14-2012, 07:08 PM #16
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I hear ya Shadow, I used to jump off the cliffs into the water at the state park in Indiana - it does take your breath away. I would have a spacesuit full of shït if I tried that. chuckle.gif

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10-14-2012, 07:09 PM #17
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(10-14-2012, 06:47 PM)Octo Wrote:  They just said it takes approximately 120 minutes till he reaches target altitude. damned.gif


Damn, I'm gonna miss it 'live' because hubby will be back by then and we have a date to go hiking. Oh well, I guess I'll view it later on youtube.
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10-14-2012, 07:09 PM #18
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Air Force Col. Joseph Kittinger, who is helping Felix is his current attempt did a similar feat back in 1960, before Gargarin even went into space! Considering the Tech that was available back that pretty amazing.
Quote:Col. Kittinger entered military service in March 1949 as an aviation cadet and was commissioned a second lieutenant in March 1950. Following a tour with the 86th Fighter Bomber Wing in Germany, he was assigned to the Air Force Missile Development Center at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.

In 1957 he made the first flight of the Manhigh program, which was designed to study cosmic rays and test human physical and mental capabilities when traveling at extremely high altitudes. On this flight he set a balloon altitude record of nearly 97,000 feet while wearing a full pressure suit inside a tiny sealed gondola - an accomplishment for which he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross.

Appointed Test Director of Project Excelsior, he made his most significant jump on Aug. 16, 1960, when he stepped from a balloon-supported gondola at the altitude of 102,800 feet to test the use of a parachute for escape from a space capsule or high-altitude aircraft. In free-fall for 4.5 minutes at speeds up to 614 mph and temperatures as low as -94 degrees Fahrenheit, Col. Kittinger opened his parachute at 18,000 feet. The jump set records that still stand today: the highest ascent in a balloon, the highest parachute jump, the longest free-fall, and the fastest speed by a man through the atmosphere.

In 1962, Col. Kittinger and Astronomer William C. White took part in Project Stargazer, a balloon astronomy experiment in which they hovered for 18.5 hours to check variations in the brightness of star images.

Col. Kittinger changed his focus later that decade and volunteered for three combat tours in Vietnam. He flew a total of 483 missions in Southeast Asia during the war, and served as commander of the famous 555th "Triple Nickel" Tactical Fighter Squadron flying F-4s. He downed a MiG-21 before he himself was shot down on May 11, 1972, after which he spent 11 months in captivity as a prisoner of war.

He retired as a colonel in 1978, and went on to win the Gordon-Bennett balloon races in 1982, 1984 and 1985, before accomplishing his most ambitious feat - a solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. The flight went from Maine to Italy, lasting 86 hours and upon completion Col. Kittinger became the first person to fly a balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean.

In the later part of his career, he operated Rosie O'Grady's Flying Circus, offering hot air balloon rides and airplane banner towing in Orlando.
10-14-2012, 07:11 PM #19
Octo Mother Superior
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That's pretty impressive. cheers.gif
10-14-2012, 07:15 PM #20
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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chuckle.gif Yeah jumping off waterfalls is one thing, going to the edge of space is another entirely. How does he know where he'll land?
10-14-2012, 07:16 PM #21
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(10-14-2012, 07:15 PM)Shadow Wrote:  chuckle.gif Yeah jumping off waterfalls is one thing, going to the edge of space is another entirely. How does he know where he'll land?


He's right over Roswell. damned.gif chuckle.gif There's a conspiracy agenda involved in this mission.
10-14-2012, 07:48 PM #22
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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Icarus comes to mind damned.gif

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10-14-2012, 08:01 PM #23
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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That's an interesting thought, Shadow. Is anyone monitoring the sun for coronal mass ejections?
10-14-2012, 08:12 PM #24
Shadow Mrs. Buckwheat
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İmage

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10-14-2012, 08:17 PM #25
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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chuckle.gif
10-14-2012, 08:26 PM #26
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What a nice opportunity for alien ships to do a little fly-by in front of millions of people wave.gif

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10-14-2012, 08:30 PM #27
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Hang on, is this site not listed under conspiracy forums?

So shouldn't we be posting things like, "My uncle told me on the phone that aliens are gonna kidnap him on the way down?"

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10-14-2012, 08:30 PM #28
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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(10-14-2012, 08:26 PM)bongcat Wrote:  What a nice opportunity for alien ships to do a little fly-by in front of millions of people wave.gif

woohoo.gif


Do you mean those blurry undiscernable white things? chuckle.gif
10-14-2012, 08:32 PM #29
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Wow Bongcat, I was typing my response without even seeing your post! Cue scary music.wtf2.gif damned.gif

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10-14-2012, 08:43 PM #30
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beercheer.gif yep NODOOM, scary music playing.

guess that means they´ll be kidnapping that poor sonofabitch damned.gif



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