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Old 04-07-2010, 07:47 AM   #1
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First time I'd seen this, pretty wild!


First Man in Space - Skydiving From The Edge Of The World
On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger jumped from an air-thin height of 102,800 feet (31,334 meters). From that nearly 20 miles altitude, his tumble toward terra firma took some 4 minutes and 36 seconds. Exceeding the speed of sound during the fall, Kittinger used a small stabilizing chute before a larger, main parachute opened in the denser atmosphere. He safely touched down in barren New Mexico desert, 13 minutes 45 seconds after he vaulted into the void.

The jump set records that still stand today, among them, the highest parachute jump, the longest freefall, and the fastest speed ever attained by a human through the atmosphere. Somewhat in contention is Kittinger's use of the small parachute for stabilization during his record-setting fall. Roger Eugene Andreyev, a Russian, is touted as holding the world's free fall record of 80,325 feet (24,483 meters), made on November 1, 1962.
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Old 04-07-2010, 01:44 PM   #2
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Defiantly balls of steel
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I think you can hear them clankin' at about 4:05 when he jumps out at 102,800 feet.
Its pretty wild when you see the curve of the earth during his freefall, gives some perspective to how high he is.

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I have always wanted to skydive but there is no way in hell I am 1. riding a balloon to 100,000+ feet and then 2. Jumping the hell out of it. So his record is safe from Tango.

That man has some of the biggest balls I think you can have on earth.

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I didn't think a body could get past the speed of sound?? It was called terminal velocity or some such mess.. Where is my education lacking?

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Default I believe you're correct, but....

Reading up on this, it says it appears possible that he may have barely broke the sound barrier in the thin air of the upper atmosphere.
Less wind resistance *shrug*

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I have always wanted to skydive but there is no way in hell I am 1. riding a balloon to 100,000+ feet and then 2. Jumping the hell out of it. So his record is safe from Tango.

That man has some of the biggest balls I think you can have on earth.
Tango bet you would be something to see in freefall with your pink Tu-Tu.

Here I am at about 9,800 feet over Palatka, Florida.. Whoo Hooo. Better than sex and last longer.
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It's an air density thing. It's why jet engines can only go so high. Great friggin pic, Scubie!

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Bet he looked down and thought "Oh S***... am I really crazy enough to jump?" Heck, I agree with Tango, When I get older I want to try Sky-diving. But ehh... Space diving doesn't sound like my cup of tea.... Probbaly drown in my space suit becuase I would be pissing my pants all the way down. I think the ground is fine about 6 feet down.

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I didn't think a body could get past the speed of sound?? It was called terminal velocity or some such mess.. Where is my education lacking?
Upper atmosphere, is like a vacuum, allowing for the object to achieve the higher speeds. Takes the Drag and other factors out of the equation.

Rate of acceleration of Gravity is different at the Higher altitudes and in space. i.e On the Moon, Mars, etc.
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