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  posted on 10/9/2012 at 02:44 PM
Is possibly being performed as we speak, as skydiver Felix Baumgartner plans to parachute from twenty three (23) miles up today sometime, according to an AP story -- he hopes to become the first person to break the sound barrier outside of an airplane, hitting speeds of a calculated 690 MPH
WOW
It doesn't say how he got 23 miles up there in the first place, or where he's leaping out of -- scientists are saying they don't know if his body could withstand it if he did indeed hit Mach 1
Rock on, Felix Baumgartner -- will be keeping an eye out when he reaches terra firma...


The radio this morning had the story of another feat of stratospheric culinary skill, only, unfortunately, with a fatal outcome
seems someone died after winning a cockroach-eating contest -- again, this was on the radio this morning -- they said none of the other contestants died or was injured...
again, wow -- tough way to go -- food poisoning run amok I guess...

 

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  posted on 10/9/2012 at 03:27 PM
I don't get that radio station.

 

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  posted on 10/9/2012 at 03:39 PM
He is jumping out of the largest hot air balloon ever used. It is why they had to delay one day because of high winds. I wonder if he did it???

 

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  posted on 10/9/2012 at 04:23 PM
Postponed again because of wind.

If what I read was right, they want almost dead calm conditions - no more than 3 mph wind. Today it was gusting up to 20 mph in NM.

 

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  posted on 10/9/2012 at 04:30 PM
http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&am p;file=viewthread&tid=126518
 

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  posted on 10/9/2012 at 05:20 PM
Whoops, sorry about that LegalizeHemp -- looked for but didn't see the thread you started in AG -- beat me to it!

Wonder if he'll arrive back on earth in one piece -- boy talk about G's -- this goes beyond a mere rush I'd guess


bob1954, here ya go...

(CNN) -- A 32-year-old man downed dozens of roaches and worms to win a python at a Florida reptile store, then collapsed and died outside minutes later.

Edward Archbold was among 20 to 30 contestants participating in Friday night's "Midnight Madness" event at Ben Siegel Reptiles in Deerfield Beach, authorities said.

The participants' goal: consume as many insects and worms as they could to take home a $850 python.

Archbold swallowed roach after roach, worm after worm. While the store didn't say exactly how many Archbold consumed, the owner told CNN affiliate WPLG that he was "the life of the party."

"He really made our night more fun," Ben Siegel told the station.

Soon after the contest was over, Archbold fell ill and began to vomit, the Broward County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

A friend called for medical help. Then, Archbold himself dialed 911, the store said in a Facebook post.

Eventually, he fell to the ground outside the store, the sheriff's office said. An ambulance took him to North Broward Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The Broward Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy and are awaiting test results to determine the cause of his death.

No other contestant fell ill, the sheriff's office said.

"Very saddened by this. I mean, it was a shock," Siegel told WPLG. "Eddie was a very nice guy. We just met him that night, but everybody that works here was very fond of him."

 

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  posted on 10/9/2012 at 05:24 PM
thats ok. it was kinda boring waiting all morning to watch it live online, then got aborted. i'll be watching tomorrow if weather is better.
 

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  posted on 10/9/2012 at 05:55 PM
Thanks man -- gosh how could a hot air balloon continue to float 23 miles up? Where there's no air??
The whole thing's cool, I sure admire Felix

 

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  posted on 10/10/2012 at 01:43 PM
http://www.space.com/18000-supersonic-skydive-felix-baumgartner-sunday.html

Daredevil Skydiver May Attempt Supersonic Jump Sunday After Delays

by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior WriterDate: 10 October 2012 Time: 01:50 PM ET

An Austrian daredevil will have to wait until Sunday (Oct. 14) for his next chance to beat the world record for highest-ever skydive, and break the sound barrier to boot.

Strong winds thwarted Felix Baumgartner's two previous attempts to leap from a balloon nearly 23 miles (37 kilometers) above Earth's surface, keeping him Earthbound both Monday and Tuesday (Oct. 8 and 9). And the weather doesn't look like it will cooperate until Sunday at the earliest, said officials with his mission, which is known as Red Bull Stratos.

"Meteorologist Don Day confirmed a Thursday launch is not possible," Red Bull Stratos officials said today (Oct. 10) via Twitter. "The next weather window opens on Sunday October 14th."

Baumgartner's team is concerned about wind gusts because the mission's 55-story balloon is so thin and fragile. Red Bull Stratos officials won't greenlight a liftoff if winds at the launch site in Roswell, N.M., exceed 2 mph (3.2 kph).

The weather looked good early Tuesday, so the team filled the balloon with helium and Baumgartner climbed into his custom-built 2,900 pound (1,315 kilograms) capsule. But the winds kicked up in late morning, forcing Red Bull Stratos to scrub the launch at 11:42 a.m. local time (1:42 p.m. EDT; 1742 GMT).

That particular balloon is no longer fit for use, officials said, but the mission does have a backup that will be ready for the next attempt.

When the 43-year-old Baumgartner finally does lift off, he plans to ascend to 120,000 feet (36,576 meters) and then step out into the void. He would thus shatter the skydiving altitude record of 102,800 feet (31,333 m), which was set in 1960 by former Air Force Capt. Joe Kittinger (who currently serves as a Red Bull Stratos adviser).

As he plummets to Earth in a 5.5-minute freefall, Baumgartner should become the first skydiver ever to break the sound barrier, team officials have said. And the daredevil should notch a few other records as well, including longest-duration freefall and highest manned balloon flight.

While Baumgartner was frustrated by Tuesday's last-minute abort, he said he's ready to make the jump whenever conditions allow.

"I want this to happen this year. We've made it so far. There's no turning back," Baumgartner said after being pulled from his capsule Tuesday. "We're here, we've got the helium and we're good to go. Whether that's tomorrow or the first day next week, I don't really care."

Baumgartner has been working up to his record-breaking leap in a stepwise fashion. He jumped from 71,581 feet (21,818 m) this past March, for example, and then dove from 97,146 feet (29,610 m) on July 25.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2012 at 02:55 PM
It seems almost impossible that conditions could get down to a 2 mph wind or less. I assume they mean this at ground level, because how could they be measuring accurately for the whole height of that column, from ground to 23 miles up. I can easily imagine it being calm at ground level, but at 50,000 ft it could be blowing like mad. Seems like a very difficult requirement.

 

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  posted on 10/10/2012 at 03:03 PM
2 mph is for ground level. they don't want the capsul to get drug down the runway bouncing along before it gets airborn, that could be a problem.
 

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  posted on 10/14/2012 at 10:52 AM
this is on live right now
http://www.youtube.com/user/redbull?feature=watch

 

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  posted on 10/14/2012 at 11:44 AM
70,000 feet
-72.3 F

 

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  posted on 10/14/2012 at 12:41 PM
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70,000 feet
-72.3 F

Interesting how it's getting warmer now as he goes higher. I wouldn't have expected that. He's above 120,000 as I write this and the temp is about 0.

Very cool watching this.

 

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  posted on 10/14/2012 at 01:36 PM
i had to go to airport to pick someone up and missed the jump
 

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  posted on 10/14/2012 at 02:04 PM
Watched from when he was ascending through 70,000 feet until he had both feet on the ground. Pretty cool!

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