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When Joe Kittinger made his historic jump from a US Air Force high-altitude balloon in 1960, a camera attached to the capsule’s platform photographed an iconic scene: Kittinger, inside a pressure suit, taking a leap into the void.
In this spectacular photograph released by Red Bull, Baumgartner can be seen taking that leap from the Stratos capsule in a scene reminiscent of Kittinger’s 1960’s plunge. At this heart stopping moment, millions of people were on the edge of their seats hoping Baumgartner survives the fall. Sure enough, less than 5 minutes later, after breaking the speed of sound and smashing the high-altitude skydive record, Baumgartner made a picture perfect parachute landing in the New Mexico desert.
Whatever Baumgartner’s motivations, drive or passion, for just a few minutes on Sunday morning, millions of people forgot their routine and ignored the chaos of the world to watch one man make history.
Exactly so, exactly so.
What I’ve always loved about that photo of Joe Kittinger is, because of the angle blocking his suit, it looks like he’s making the jump with just a standard flight jacket and has duct taped his pants so they don’t flap.
Gotta love the guy….
Must you always be cynical, Dr. Tyson? It’s getting a bit old.
Huh. I guess that could be taken cynically. I took it more as a scope of the universe type of comment. That in the grand scale…
Based on that math, the ISS is only 9 mm over the surface. Alan Shepard only went to 4 mm.
Apollo 11 went a full 10 meters.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station tucked the newly arrived Dragon cargo capsule into a berthing port on the Harmony connecting node just after noon on Friday, capping a key test flight for NASA’s new commercial space initiative.
The capsule, owned by Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, is the first privately owned vessel to reach the orbital outpost, which flies about 240 miles above Earth.
Space Exploration Technologies’ Dragon capsule aced its orbital driving test Thursday, positioning the company a step closer to becoming the first private firm to reach the International Space Station.
Starting at a point 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) below and behind the outpost, Dragon used GPS satellite navigation data and data from the space station itself to precisely navigate to a point 1.6 miles (2.5 kilometers) away.
Same photo, more info and with a red circle!
The first of two companies hired by NASA to fly cargo to the International Space Station is preparing for a test flight on Saturday, a harbinger of a new type of public-private partnership.
“It is, by all accounts, an important step, bordering on a giant leap, for commercial space,” said Michael Lopez-Alegria, a former astronaut who now heads the Commercial Spaceflight Federation trade organization.
“We are at a brink of a milestone moment in our space history,” added NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver.
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL—Hailing the dawn of a new era in long-distance highway travel, NASA officials unveiled Monday the agency’s ambitious plans to put a man on a bus to Cleveland, OH by early 2013.
‘We want to do more than just step on it’
Russian, American and European space agencies are in talks to create a human colony on the moon, according to Russian news source Rianovosti.
Russia wants to build either a space base on the surface of the Moon itself or a space station that…
That would be fantastic. But I’m starting to get jaded. When I see them moving in such a direction I’ll get excited. But until then it’s just talk. Just like it’s been for decades.
Traveling faster than light is, as you’ve probably guessed, impossible. Einstein’s theory of special relativity is as valid now as it was this time last month. And yet, if you’ve read the headlines recently, you’d think some kind of physics revolution is at hand.
The recent hubbub surrounding those pesky superluminal neutrinos has been met with incredulity from experts and public alike. But the facts are hard to ignore: An experiment at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, appears to have clocked neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light. In short, these neutrinos have achieved the impossible.
If true, these results would be very exciting, but sadly, as the days roll on, “superluminal” doesn’t appear to be a setting on the neutrino’s speedometer.
A New Space Race? What China’s Tiangong 1 Launch Means for NASA
China has launched Tiangong 1, a prototype for its proposed orbital space laboratory. While a successful mission will be a significant step forward for China, it’s unclear what (if anything) it will mean for NASA and the United States’ long-standing dominance in space.
A new space race would be fantastic. It could do nothing but breed innovation.
Would you like to participate in NASA’s analog research program? Interested in helping scientists pinpoint where to look for signs of life on Mars and elsewhere in the universe? Now you can, with an exciting new citizen science website called MAPPER (getmapper.com) that was launched in conjunction with the Pavilion Lake Research Project’s 2011 field season.
But, is there life on mars?
…am I mad, in a comma, or back in time?
Just stasis. NBD.