Gonna free fall out into nothin'
YouTube has several videos
of Joe Kittinger's skydive
from a balloon at 102,800 feet. Earlier this year Colonel Kittinger described the jump
at a meeting of the Athanasius Kircher Society (Named after this guy.) [via; more inside]
Previous post with more info.
"It was the quickest way down."
On August 16, 1960, Joe Kittinger jumped
from a helium balloon at 102,800 feet
, over 19 miles up. After free-falling
for four and a half minutes and reaching 614 MPH, almost breaking the sound barrier
, he opened his parachute at 18,000 feet and landed
safe and sound after an almost 14 minute descent. He set records
for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest freefall and fastest speed by a man through the atmosphere. [more inside]
"I didn't hear a sonic boom; I didn't even hear any whooshing or whistling of the wind. But when I flipped over and looked back at my balloon, it sure was an eerie sight--the sky was black as night but I was bathed in sunshine."
Skydiver to jump from edge of space
I hope all the inaccuracies in this article are the journalists fault and not this guy trying to make this seem more important and pioneering than it is. It's not like this wasn't done over 40 years ago
. What "...emergency procedures for people exploring space"
would this create? If he went much higher or came in from outer space he'd vaporize. Less extreme science than just plain old extreme sports, 21st century style.
Millner claims that scientists have helped him on the project, but it is not known if the human body is capable of enduring such a descent. (sigh) Figures.