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2012-10-14 01:24:55 PM

SenorDan: Are all those people in "Mission Control" really necessary or is it just for looks? I'm sure a few of them are actually doing something but in one of the shots it looked like a lady was just watching the broadcast on her monitors.


"Looking busy" is a job.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:04 PM

threadjackistan: Maybe I missed it, but what is the inviting, candy like, red button for?


Maybe something good. Maybe something bad.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:07 PM

Porous Horace: He should take a whiz out the capsule, set another record.


If he hits a guy's shoes, maybe we can get Joe Buck's opinion on the record-setting feat.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:15 PM

EatenTheSun: How much of a danger is drowning in the desert? I'd think rattlesnakes would be a bigger concern. Or maybe landing in the midst of a drug running operation.


Actually, landing in the farking middle of nowhere is the problem I see... there are some places that could take more than a few hours to get to when he lands... And that's best case, and IF their is a road nearby. (Nearby meaning 20 Mi)

Its a big freaking state, with very few people in it.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:20 PM
What a view.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:23 PM
I picked a bad week to quit drinking Red Bull
 
2012-10-14 01:25:31 PM

RogermcAllen: Porous Horace: He should take a whiz out the capsule, set another record.

Considering that they just said the last guy's hand swelled up to twice its normal size because of a glove tear....


That would set yet another record.
 
2012-10-14 01:25:31 PM

fustanella: threadjackistan: Maybe I missed it, but what is the inviting, candy like, red button for?

Curious about that too. Capsule eject from balloon?


My guess is if the capsule comes down with him trapped inside, that's for rescue crews to pop the door?
 
2012-10-14 01:25:37 PM
So Red Bull, plus megabucks of hardware and dozens of support staff, gives you wings. *check*
 
2012-10-14 01:25:44 PM

RogermcAllen: Porous Horace: He should take a whiz out the capsule, set another record.

Considering that they just said the last guy's hand swelled up to twice its normal size because of a glove tear....


Set three records then?
 
2012-10-14 01:25:55 PM

threadjackistan: Maybe I missed it, but what is the inviting, candy like, red button for?


i1207.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-14 01:26:01 PM
My math may be off, but how long is he going to be falling for?

I just woke up, but if my math is correct, if he jumped NOW he would be falling for roughly an hour...

/Feel free to correct me
 
2012-10-14 01:26:26 PM
"Well altimeter looks ---"...
"Oxygen levels are --"

They're running out of things to say. Haha.
Next time Felix, like I said:
elevator music.....
 
2012-10-14 01:26:35 PM

A Shambling Mound: The announcer on Discovery sounds like Norm MacDonald to me. Ugh.


Should be Mike Rowe. "102,000 feet above Roswell, New Mexico, in the Cornelia Marie..."
 
2012-10-14 01:26:47 PM

SenorDan: Are all those people in "Mission Control" really necessary or is it just for looks? I'm sure a few of them are actually doing something but in one of the shots it looked like a lady was just watching the broadcast on her monitors.


And that man is playing Galaga -- he thought we wouldn't notice.
 
2012-10-14 01:26:48 PM

geom_00: My math may be off, but how long is he going to be falling for?

I just woke up, but if my math is correct, if he jumped NOW he would be falling for roughly an hour...

/Feel free to correct me


5 minutes.

Close.
 
2012-10-14 01:27:13 PM

Need Help Soonish: EatenTheSun: How much of a danger is drowning in the desert? I'd think rattlesnakes would be a bigger concern. Or maybe landing in the midst of a drug running operation.

Actually, landing in the farking middle of nowhere is the problem I see... there are some places that could take more than a few hours to get to when he lands... And that's best case, and IF their is a road nearby. (Nearby meaning 20 Mi)

Its a big freaking state, with very few people in it.


I would think they have a mobile ground crew following his track so that they'll be nearby wherever he lands.
 
2012-10-14 01:27:13 PM

Need Help Soonish: EatenTheSun: How much of a danger is drowning in the desert? I'd think rattlesnakes would be a bigger concern. Or maybe landing in the midst of a drug running operation.

Actually, landing in the farking middle of nowhere is the problem I see... there are some places that could take more than a few hours to get to when he lands... And that's best case, and IF their is a road nearby. (Nearby meaning 20 Mi)

Its a big freaking state, with very few people in it.


I'll going out on a limb here and wager they have a helicopter or two on standby for just such an event....
 
2012-10-14 01:27:14 PM

geom_00: My math may be off, but how long is he going to be falling for?

I just woke up, but if my math is correct, if he jumped NOW he would be falling for roughly an hour...

/Feel free to correct me


I found the Times London saying 6 minutes, but I'm no physicist or good with maths guy.
 
2012-10-14 01:27:27 PM
Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....
 
2012-10-14 01:27:29 PM

threadjackistan: Maybe I missed it, but what is the inviting, candy like, red button for?


Don't you mean "jolly" instead of "inviting"?
 
2012-10-14 01:27:34 PM

StevieKo: "Well altimeter looks ---"...
"Oxygen levels are --"

They're running out of things to say. Haha.
Next time Felix, like I said:
elevator music.....


but no Tom Petty!
 
2012-10-14 01:27:36 PM

geom_00: My math may be off, but how long is he going to be falling for?

I just woke up, but if my math is correct, if he jumped NOW he would be falling for roughly an hour...

/Feel free to correct me


I, sir, have a bridge to sell you.
 
2012-10-14 01:28:10 PM

wxboy: Need Help Soonish: EatenTheSun: How much of a danger is drowning in the desert? I'd think rattlesnakes would be a bigger concern. Or maybe landing in the midst of a drug running operation.

Actually, landing in the farking middle of nowhere is the problem I see... there are some places that could take more than a few hours to get to when he lands... And that's best case, and IF their is a road nearby. (Nearby meaning 20 Mi)

Its a big freaking state, with very few people in it.

I would think they have a mobile ground crew following his track so that they'll be nearby wherever he lands.


That too.
 
2012-10-14 01:28:48 PM
I hate to be the one to say this, but he is so going to die.
 
2012-10-14 01:28:54 PM

naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....


Would you really need something quicker than "instant jellification"?
 
2012-10-14 01:28:57 PM

Ahhh_Ennui: Close


Mawson of the Antarctic: I found the Times London saying 6 minutes, but I'm no physicist or good with maths guy.




AAAAAAAAAAND this is why I am not a meteorologist.

Damn math.

*blush*
 
2012-10-14 01:28:59 PM

naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....


Honestly that may be the quickest way to go, he'd die instantly. It's the 4:30 minutes of terror that awaits that.
 
2012-10-14 01:29:05 PM

geom_00: My math may be off, but how long is he going to be falling for?

I just woke up, but if my math is correct, if he jumped NOW he would be falling for roughly an hour...

/Feel free to correct me


Kittinger fell for four and a half minutes.

Up past 111K. We're not too far away.
 
2012-10-14 01:29:14 PM
If he enters Texas airspace they'll shoot him down, right?
 
2012-10-14 01:29:19 PM

NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: Need Help Soonish: EatenTheSun: How much of a danger is drowning in the desert? I'd think rattlesnakes would be a bigger concern. Or maybe landing in the midst of a drug running operation.

Actually, landing in the farking middle of nowhere is the problem I see... there are some places that could take more than a few hours to get to when he lands... And that's best case, and IF their is a road nearby. (Nearby meaning 20 Mi)

Its a big freaking state, with very few people in it.

I'll going out on a limb here and wager they have a helicopter or two on standby for just such an event....


That'd be harsh. Make it back from The Edge of Space(tm) to a few thousand feet, and get sliced by a chopper.
 
2012-10-14 01:29:30 PM

whither_apophis: StevieKo: "Well altimeter looks ---"...
"Oxygen levels are --"

They're running out of things to say. Haha.
Next time Felix, like I said:
elevator music.....

but no Tom Petty!


Free falling?
 
2012-10-14 01:29:32 PM

NeoCortex42: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

Would you really need something quicker than "instant jellification"?


Yeah, but won't he know for a minute or so that he's heading to the ground? Would you want that?
 
2012-10-14 01:29:35 PM
No shots of his face since they reported heat problems with his suit. It's getting close to the target altitude.
 
2012-10-14 01:29:49 PM

naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....


Hitting the ground would be quick and painless. He'd be dead before his body stopped moving.
 
2012-10-14 01:29:54 PM

StevieKo: whither_apophis: StevieKo: "Well altimeter looks ---"...
"Oxygen levels are --"

They're running out of things to say. Haha.
Next time Felix, like I said:
elevator music.....

but no Tom Petty!

Free falling?


aarrrgghgh!
 
2012-10-14 01:29:54 PM

wxboy: I would think they have a mobile ground crew following his track so that they'll be nearby wherever he lands.


Im sure they do... But those crews have to follow roads and such to get to him. We have places in this state that don't even have roads... Hell, we have places in this state that are still only accessible from horseback!
 
2012-10-14 01:30:04 PM

naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....


It's not like the chute needs to slow him from Mach 1..
 
2012-10-14 01:30:19 PM

NeoCortex42: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

Would you really need something quicker than "instant jellification"?


His chute will open at normal sky diver altitude. No jellification by the time he knows he's farked.
 
2012-10-14 01:30:25 PM

naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....


You don't want to pull that by mistake. I'm inclined to think he's been hypnotised into thinking he's a whale.
 
2012-10-14 01:31:09 PM
i would like to see a view from rose well NM, even a blip of the balloon
 
2012-10-14 01:31:18 PM
Finally a facial, with the sun visor down though.
 
2012-10-14 01:31:22 PM

Foaming: If he enters Texas airspace they'll shoot him down, right?


Here, hold my beer, watch this..........
 
2012-10-14 01:31:24 PM
I'm a few miles east of Roswell, and there's a couple of helicopters heading in a eastward direction now. I'd assume they're the recovery team.
 
2012-10-14 01:31:44 PM

naughtyrev: NeoCortex42: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

Would you really need something quicker than "instant jellification"?

Yeah, but won't he know for a minute or so that he's heading to the ground? Would you want that?


As opposed to the thought of pressing a button to off yourself? I would take the jelly option.
 
2012-10-14 01:31:58 PM

Need Help Soonish: wxboy: I would think they have a mobile ground crew following his track so that they'll be nearby wherever he lands.

Im sure they do... But those crews have to follow roads and such to get to him. We have places in this state that don't even have roads... Hell, we have places in this state that are still only accessible from horseback!


Google Earth says he's at about one of those places.
 
2012-10-14 01:32:00 PM
And no matter what we are now watching a record setting event.
 
2012-10-14 01:32:14 PM
Checklist:

1: "Dear Lord, please don't let me fark up"
 
2012-10-14 01:32:15 PM

costermonger: naughtyrev: Hate to be morbid, but if the chutes don't work, does he have an out of some sort in terms of offing himself, rather than hitting the ground and turning to jelly? Maybe pull a cord and a spike is driven into his brain stem....

It's not like the chute needs to slow him from Mach 1..


It doesn't. The thickening air will slow him.
 
2012-10-14 01:32:20 PM
I wish Red Bull had commissioned Rush for a song.
 
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