Thursday, October 18, 2012

Free Fall

Felix Baumgartner
steps off the small ledge
of a space capsule for a 24-mile plunge
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The highest
balloon ride and parachute drop;
the fastest and longest free-fall this side
of Oz.

The most spectacular
publicity stunt in history, this surreality
-television event had a happy ending, going off without
a hitch.

A two-and-one half hour
balloon ride up; a much quicker
journey home, breaking the sound barrier,
landing safely.

A four-minute free-fall
faster, further than any man in history
without shattering anything more than a few
records.

Felix Baumgartner fell from 128,000 feet, taking a 24 mile plunge to earth, going from 834 miles an hour to zero.  He wore a pressurized flight suit to keep his bodily fluids from turning to gases. You can watch it on YouTube.

Have a mentioned before that I don’t like heights… or speed?

 © 2012 Catherine Giordano
 
This  picture is from http://guardian.co.uk

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