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    Space Jump is go for launch...

    a 20+ mile free fall...could be interesting...

    hopefully it doesn't go all Evel Knievel Snake River...
    eff all y'all...

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    i'm watching it on Discovery channel now.

    better it goes Evil Knievel Snake River, than Evil Knievel Caesars Palace.

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    Kudos to this guy for risking his life for the love of country and not a corporation:

    Joseph Kittinger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Watch it live here...very cool stuff.

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    Watching and remembering all of the fuzzy black and white pictures of the old NASA launches.
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    I have the website open to keep track of where he's at. Once he gets a little closer to the target height, I'll flip to it on the tv.
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    Balloon Boy Redux?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Kudos to this guy for risking his life for the love of country and not a corporation:

    Joseph Kittinger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    And for adding his invaluable experience to this adventure. (He's the guy talking to Felix from Mission Control.)
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    This is huge here in New Mexico. Been some sort of article in the paper every day for the past couple weeks.

    My dog came from Roswell btw. I think he's an alien
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    hitting Mach 1+ in freefall should be a rush...

    I'm kinda bummed about how much helium they used to inflate the balloon, tho...180,000 cubic feet.

    I buy it for diving purposes and with the current 'shortage,' using that much in one shot can't help the situation...

    paying $1/cf makes me cringe. hope they got theirs at wholesale prices.
    eff all y'all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    Kudos to this guy for risking his life for the love of country and not a corporation:

    Joseph Kittinger - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Somebody had to go there I suppose. Having a corporation as a sponsor doesn't mean he doesn't love doing it or care about anything they're able to learn from it. Somebody has to pay the bills for it, who cares if that somebody gets a little advertising for their dollars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    hitting Mach 1+ in freefall should be a rush...

    I'm kinda bummed about how much helium they used to inflate the balloon, tho...180,000 cubic feet.

    I buy it for diving purposes and with the current 'shortage,' using that much in one shot can't help the situation...

    paying $1/cf makes me cringe. hope they got theirs at wholesale prices.
    yeah, this, so basically Red Bull is chewing up a huge chunk of limited stock of helium, in order to better sell us their sugar water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    hitting Mach 1+ in freefall should be a rush...

    I'm kinda bummed about how much helium they used to inflate the balloon, tho...180,000 cubic feet.

    I buy it for diving purposes and with the current 'shortage,' using that much in one shot can't help the situation...

    paying $1/cf makes me cringe. hope they got theirs at wholesale prices.
    It is a hell of a lot more than 180k cubic foot...try 30 million according to:

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    This is pretty cool. I'm watching on Discovery right now. Looks like it a go. He's at 125,000+ft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    the volume of He introduced at the earth's surface was 180K cf.

    the gas expands as the atmospheric pressure decreases, the max volume at altitude is 30M cf.
    eff all y'all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    the volume of He introduced at the earth's surface was 180K cf.

    the gas expands as the atmospheric pressure decreases, the max volume at altitude is 30M cf.
    they are smuggling helium!?!?!?
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    Great show Felix.
    Cyclists really need to learn a little Rule #5.

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    That was f'ing cool. Corporate sponsor, helium smuggling and all.
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    I'm currently on a plane at 35,000 feet but was able to watch it live since Delta has Discovery on satellite feed (how cool is that?). I waved out the window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
    they are smuggling helium!?!?!?
    Hell with smuggling helium, I want nitrous oxide!!!

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    after the chute deloyed it sounded like they kept relaying bad information.
    the winds are out of the north. out of the north.
    wait. we mean east. winds are out of the east.

    winds are going toward the ridge. toward the ridge.
    sorry. from the ridge. winds are from the ridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weltyed View Post
    after the chute deloyed it sounded like they kept relaying bad information.
    the winds are out of the north. out of the north.
    wait. we mean east. winds are out of the east.

    winds are going toward the ridge. toward the ridge.
    sorry. from the ridge. winds are from the ridge.
    Yeah, that was kinda funny. He was probably thinking "I hope I can get back on the ground before they decide to land the helicopter on my head".
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    Oh, and...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddimick View Post
    I'm currently on a plane at 35,000 feet but was able to watch it live since Delta has Discovery on satellite feed (how cool is that?). I waved out the window.
    Did he wave back?

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    video from his chest cam



    The incredible footage shows Baumgartner descending towards Earth before entering what looked to be an out-of-control spin. The jump began from about 128,000 feet (24 miles) above the New Mexico desert, and Baumgartner was in free fall for around four minutes and 20 seconds. Although the figures still need to be confirmed by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the team estimates Baumgartner reached a maximum velocity of Mach 1.2; more than 833 miles per hour, and faster than the speed of sound.

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