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    I almost could not believe this when I read it...
    Joe Kittinger is not a household aviation name like Neil Armstrong or Chuck Yeager. But what he did for the U.S. space program is comparable.

    On Aug. 16, 1960, as research for the then- fledgling U.S. space program, Air Force Captain Joseph Kittinger rode a helium balloon to the edge of space, 102,800 feet above the earth, a feat in itself. Then, wearing just a thin pressure suit and breathing supplemental oxygen, he leaned over the cramped confines of his gondola and jumped into the 110-degree-below- zero, near-vacuum of space. Within seconds his body accelerated to 714 mph in the thin air, breaking the sound barrier. After free- falling for more than four and a half minutes, slowed finally by friction from the heavier air below, he felt his parachute open at 14,000 feet, and he coasted gently down to the New Mexico desert floor.

    Now there is this RedBullStratos http://www.redbullstratos.com/
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    Thats surreal and cool as hell
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    wow...that is just so trick...Red Bull has so much fun!!

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    That is insane!! WOW
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    anyone got a date for this event? I hope it gets some air time that would be cool to watch live.
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    How did he not burn up?

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    That is cool, how come redbull gets to have all the fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anomaly View Post
    Simply beautiful, it's remarkable, I'm fascinated, I can't wait for the event now!
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    redbull seems like a company on the move. I wish this guy luck.

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