Sunday, October 14, 2012

Skydiver breaks manned balloon flight record: 23 miles high

Image: Felix Baumgartner
Joerg Mitter  /  AP
 
Felix Baumgartner of Austria reacts after his mission was aborted in Roswell, N.M., on Oct. 9. For the second straight day, the extreme athlete aborted his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall because of the weather, postponing his quest to become the world's first supersonic skydiver until at least Thursday.

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Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke the record for the highest manned balloon flight on Sunday after his craft rose 23 miles (37 km) above New Mexico, project sponsors said.
The 43-year-old daredevil was inside a capsule tethered to the massive but extremely delicate helium balloon high above Roswell, New Mexico.

He aimed to set four world records, including jumping from the capsule to become the first person to break the speed of sound in a skydiving freefall.

More - Link >>> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49406174/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.UHsGGVG5UUw

Sources: Reuters, NBC News.

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At Age 89, Chuck Yeager AGAIN Breaks Sound Barrier (2012 Oct. 15)

 Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2012/10/at-age-89-chuck-yeager-again-breaks.html

Success: World's Highest Skydive! 

Link >>> http://spacewatchtower.blogspot.com/2012/10/success-worlds-highest-skydive.html

 

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