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    Man skydives from near outer space

    http://www.king5.com/news/slideshows...143015905.html

    Skydiving daredevil Felix Baumgartner is more than halfway toward his goal of setting a world record for the highest jump.

    Baumgartner lifted off Thursday for a test jump from Roswell, N.M., aboard a 100-foot helium balloon. He rode inside a pressurized capsule to 71,581 feet — 13.6 miles — and then jumped. He parachuted to a safe landing, according to project spokeswoman Trish Medalen.

    He's aiming for nearly 23 miles this summer. The record is 19.5 miles.

    "The view is amazing, way better than I thought," Baumgartner said after the practice jump, in remarks provided by his representatives.

    Thursday's rehearsal was a test of his capsule, full-pressure suit, parachutes and other systems. A mini Mission Control — fashioned after NASA's — monitored his flight.


    More at link....

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    Update....

    Skydiver eyes record-breaking jump over NM

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...popular_viewed

    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life on Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history.

    If he survives, the man dubbed "Fearless Felix" could be the first skydiver to break the sound barrier. If he doesn't, a tragic fall could be live-streamed on the Internet for the world to see.............

    Weather permitting, Baumgartner will be lifted into the stratosphere around 7 a.m. MDT by a helium balloon that will stretch 55 stories high. ............

    Baumgartner, who has made more than 2,500 jumps from planes, helicopters, landmarks and skyscrapers over the past 25 years, promises this jump will be his last.

    He says he plans to settle down with his girlfriend and fly helicopters on mountain rescue and firefighting missions in the U.S. and Austria.........more at link.....

    He is sponsored by Redbull and you can watch the jump at this site, on youtube or redbull tv [links provided]:

    http://www.redbullstratos.com/

    I wish him a good jump with no problems!


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    Why?.....
    The above post is as always MY OPINION ONLY!

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    on hold right now due to wind conditions. Hope I remember to come back and check it out.

    Thanks for the link.

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    I had forgotten about this! Have it pulled up in another window, though I'm not sure I want to watch... this isn't like the tight-rope walker from a few months ago!
    Life is an attitude... have a good one :Bananahi:

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    Tweets below the live stream say balloon is being rolled out and Felix is putting on his suit.
    http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiagirl View Post
    Why?.....
    It's seems crazy but so did the first balloon flight, the first automobile ride, the first airplane flight, the first space flight...unbelievable at the time....there are always people who want to break barriers and make records...


    Quote Originally Posted by MagnoliaMom View Post
    Tweets below the live stream say balloon is being rolled out and Felix is putting on his suit.
    http://www.redbullstratos.com/live/
    Thanks for the word...getting on site now....please let this go well for Felix!


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    They show a green light on wind conditions and it shows 28 minutes until launch. Nervous for Felix. Hope it goes well.
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    OK! the live feed is going now and you can see the capsule on a crane (I guess)....Felix had to pre=breathe in the capsule for 1 and 1/2 hours before launching...

    Here's a twitter to follow also:

    https://twitter.com/i/#!/search/%23l...?q=%23livejump


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington


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    Here's another site with a lot of info on the flight preparations and what will happen and also has the video:

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57...go-live-video/

    (this one seems to work better, at least you can see people moving...they're doing something with the balloon now)


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    So winds caused the attempt for today to be aborted, yes?

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    Yes. Wonder when they will try again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    So winds caused the attempt for today to be aborted, yes?
    Yes, aborted due to winds....thanks...my puter got hung up watching so many screens....lol

    I definitely like the CNET site better...the video was faster, had narration/sound and you could even see the inside of the mission control....Felix was very disappointed...but it will be rescheduled....

    ETA: Skydiver cancels try at supersonic jump

    http://www.centurylink.net/news/read...org%3E&ps=1011

    Because the balloon is so delicate, it could only take flight if winds were 2 mph or below.


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    They just said it may or may not be tomorrow.
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