Saturday, May 24, 2008

Spacejumping from 130,000 feet

Remember this video, with footage of Kittinger's record space jump? It looks like someone is set today to break that record...

He has spent two decades and nearly $20 million in a quest to fly to the upper reaches of the atmosphere with a helium balloon, just so he can jump back to earth again. Now, Michel Fournier says, he is ready at last.

Depending on the weather, Fournier, a 64-year-old retired French army officer, will attempt what he is calling Le Grand Saut (The Great Leap) on Sunday from the plains of northern Saskatchewan.

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. He will experience weightlessness.

1 comment:

  1. Something on that was on the telly here recently; an interview clip with someone who had made such a jump - he was trying to describe how different it was up there, said while he was falling towards the Earth, before actually coming into the atmosphere, there's no wind at all - ie his clothes and so forth did not move, as they do if you are moving fast within the atmosphere.

    So how high up can you go, without needing a spacesuit. ZeroG seems like a far better way of living than the weighty bs we get down here. Out of all the really crap things put up with in this reality, one of the worst is surely that you can't just move around frictionlessly, using only your mind.