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(BBC)   I got in one little flight and my mum got scared, she said you're moving at Mach-1 thru a void with no air   ( bbc.co.uk) divider line
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2012-10-15 09:29:27 AM  
13 votes:
Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I'd like to take a minute just sit right there
I'll tell you how I became the king of the stratosphere  
In west Salzburg I was born and raised
Jumping off stuff is where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
Until they got fed up and kicked me out of my school
I was one of those guys who was up to no good
BASE jumping off everything in the neighborhood
From the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur
And across the English Channel as part of my tour  
Then one day Red Bull rolled up on me and said Yo
We know that that ain't as high as you can go
So I got some training in altitude high-speed falls
And a wheelbarrow to haul around my big brass balls  
They took me up 24 miles off the ground
Where even the horizon was blue and round
Did Mach 1 before I landed here
And now I'm the king of the stratosphere
2012-10-15 09:36:09 AM  
5 votes:
I hope he can dodge that baseball on the way down. You know, the one from when the subby HIT THAT HEADLINE OUT OF THE MOTHERfarkING PARK.
2012-10-15 09:47:47 AM  
4 votes:
Welcome back to Earf.
2012-10-15 09:40:20 AM  
4 votes:

h2oincfs: If there's no air, then there's no sound, and hence, it is not Mach 1.

Actually the opposite iirc, the denser the material, the faster the speed of sound, so it's possible he was going several times the speed of sound in the atmosphere he was in. But I'm pretty sure for these purposes they're mostly talking about the speed of sound at STP, which we all know is 212 mph, or 100 centigrade.
2012-10-15 11:31:57 AM  
3 votes:

Honest Bender: What's the BFD? He fell. A long way. Big whoop.

Seriously. MY fall would have been MUCH more dramatic, what with the little girl screams and pee showers.

They should never have put that girls school so close to the landing zone, and let me drink all that Red Bull.
2012-10-15 10:08:09 AM  
3 votes:
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2012-10-15 09:43:55 AM  
3 votes:
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2012-10-15 10:10:14 AM  
2 votes:
There's not enough air up there to smell anyone later.
2012-10-15 09:55:53 AM  
2 votes:

unlikely: I think I watched a different feed than everyone else. In the one I watched he kept freezing up and looking like he was on the edge of curling up and asking for a teddy and the kindly old man on the radio kept having to coax him to move. Did anyone else watch that one?

Communications issues, and the fact that his helmet visor heater malfunctioned before he even jumped. Not sure if there was a HUD inside that helmet, but being able to see where you are in relation to the ground is a good thing--as was evidence by the fact that at one point he was tumbling and had to get back under control.

No, dude has certified balls of reinforced titanium. In a similar position I'd be asking why the fark I should jump out of a perfectly good space capsule, then require a fifth of Jack Daniels, R. Lee Ermey in my ear, and promise that Salma Hayek was waiting in bed for me when I landed to get me to jump.
2012-10-15 09:32:11 AM  
2 votes:
If there's no air, then there's no sound, and hence, it is not Mach 1.
2012-10-15 10:47:48 AM  
1 vote:

ManRay: He said he thought about aborting because of his visor fogging up. How would he abort? Did he have a bb gun to shot a hole in the balloon or something?

For that matter, what happens to the capsule once he jumped?

The capsule was remotely separated from the balloon after he jumped, and came down on its own parachute. If something had gone wrong before he jumped, he would have come down with the capsule.

/saw the whole thing yesterday
//thought he was a dead man when he was tumbling
///Baumgartner has balls of adamantium
2012-10-15 09:45:47 AM  
1 vote:
Wow, jumping into that immensity makes humans like simultaneously tiny and big in heart.

And I don't even like jumping out second story windows.
2012-10-15 09:36:36 AM  
1 vote:
Bravo, subs

/you too langston
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