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    Falling from space...eek

    20-Year Journey for 15-Minute Fall
    He intends to climb into the pressurized gondola of the 650-foot balloon, which resembles a giant jellyfish, and make a two-hour journey to 130,000 feet. At that altitude, almost 25 miles up, Fournier will see both the blackness of space and the curvature of the earth.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/24/sp...7da&ei=5087%0A

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    He's a nut and a big waste of time if you ask me, even if he is successful.
    got old



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    Freefall postponed due to high winds:

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americ...ver/index.html
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    The last guy who did this did this was an Air Force pilot and did it for a good reason and had injury's from it. This guy is just begging to be splattered on the surface of earth. Hope no UFOs are passing through at the time or he will be the bug on the windshield

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    Quote Originally Posted by Think View Post
    He's a nut and a big waste of time if you ask me, even if he is successful.
    Not really. If he succeeds NASA will be looking at this as a way to get
    astronauts back from space if there is a problem with their space vehicle.

    And they are not spending taxpayers money testing it out. If the guy dies then
    NASA does not have anything to explain. If he lives, he will have his fifteen
    minutes of fame.

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    That'd be one hell of a rush, wow.

    If I was him I'd bring some nitrous with me and be hitting that one the way down as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacklab View Post
    Not really. If he succeeds NASA will be looking at this as a way to get
    astronauts back from space if there is a problem with their space vehicle.

    And they are not spending taxpayers money testing it out. If the guy dies then
    NASA does not have anything to explain. If he lives, he will have his fifteen
    minutes of fame.
    They already know. An American pilot did the same thing a long time ago. It showed that at least the SR-71 and NASA pilots had a chance to bail out at eighty thousand feet.

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    Alot of things could go wrong, but I can't even imagine what an experience that would be.

    I'm sticking to 13,000ft for now...

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    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americ...ver/index.html

    Balloon drifts away before the guy can even get in it to attempt the jump. It landed about 25 miles away...

    I'm thinking this isn't meant to be...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy View Post
    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/americ...ver/index.html

    Balloon drifts away before the guy can even get in it to attempt the jump. It landed about 25 miles away...

    I'm thinking this isn't meant to be...
    Ahhhhh, he wost his widdle bawoon...poo baby. Wanna wallipop
    got old



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    OK, stupid question time, how does a weightless object fall?

    ….and plunge in a mere 15 minutes, experiencing weightlessness along the way….
    Also, what happens when an object breaks the sound barrier?

    …. Along the way, he can accomplish other firsts, by breaking the sound barrier….
    Since he is going faster then sound, will he be able to hear it or feel it when it happens?
    Sliding down the banister of life ..........................

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoundEye View Post
    OK, stupid question time, how does a weightless object fall?



    Also, what happens when an object breaks the sound barrier?



    Since he is going faster then sound, will he be able to hear it or feel it when it happens?
    What armatures, I laughed so hard this morning when Robbin Meade told everyone about how they were getting ready and then she came back two minutes latter laughing and said that they lost the balloon.

    He will die if he gets to the sound barrier because his shoot wont be able to open correctly. This is how it is done, The current record witch looks like it will stand for a little longer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Excelsior

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoundEye View Post
    OK, stupid question time, how does a weightless object fall?
    "….and plunge in a mere 15 minutes, experiencing weightlessness along the way…."
    I'm assuming the weightlessness feeling would be due to him reaching terminal velocity, or something along those lines.

    *shrug*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    I'm assuming the weightlessness feeling would be due to him reaching terminal velocity, or something along those lines.

    *shrug*
    Na, Just because he is so high up. Like when your forty thousand feet up in a jet it looks like and feels like your going slow until you get close to ground.

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    Loosing the bawoon was purposeful if you ask me. He chickened out.
    got old



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    Quote Originally Posted by Think View Post
    Loosing the bawoon was purposeful if you ask me. He chickened out.
    i dont think so @ age 64 and 12mil death would be preferable to failure.

    I was going to post a link to that thread, but the SG search results for "bullsh|t" were too numerous

    sometimes you have to think outside the box to get inside the box .

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    I think he is glad now. Did you see how bad the balloon got tore up just from the wind? I don't think he would have made it up before that thing came apart. I would be demanding a refund for a crappy balloon.

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