Stepping off the capsule at 128,000 feet

Touchdown outside of Roswell, New Mexico

Click on either photo to enlarge. The photos are cropped screen grabs from the live stream online.

New records for descent speed, altitude and more.

Most important – Phew! He made it safe and sound. Felix Baumgartner.

  1. dcphill says:

    I just don’t understand why anybody would jump out of a perfectly good balloon ride.

  2. bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

    GREAT threads.

    I like the idea that if you take out the politics, and you take out the religion, all thats left is the ……. technology of it? Thats not even interesting though.

    I give this thread 100% for humor and mixing it up. The only usual BS not appearing is that our gravity tester is a “hero.”

    The report I saw mentioned that the jumper was equipped with a drag chute that would pop out if the negative g’s in a spin exceeded 3.5. He did spin, but not that fast. Negative G’s==blood rushing to your head, and in this case feet. Causes a “red out” instead of a black out.

    Yep, proving something can be done that has no reason or purpose to be done–except make money. Does sound like capitalism.

  3. shooff says:

    Who will top it? Will this become the next Everest for thrill junkies?

    I remember watching bungee from New River Gorge in West Virginia thinking…..this is for crazy people.

    Fast forward 10 years and they are jumping from cranes in the bar districts nationwide late 1980′s.

    What’s next for those with unlimited money and time on their hands?

  4. MikeN says:

    Didn’t Roger Moore do this in Moonraker?

  5. Glenn E. says:

    Aw, he didn’t ride a boogie board down. I hope the next time it’s done. The guy tries air surfing most of the way down. Thus proving, as in the closing scene of “Darkstar”, that it could have been done!

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