Jumping from the Edge of Space

In August 16th 1960, military pilot Colonel Joseph W Kittinger took a giant 200ft diameter helium balloon to the edge of space in a NASA mission known as Excelsior III. He actually reached the stratosphere, 102,800 feet (31,300 m) above sea level in a pressure-resistant suit with 99% of all Earth’s atmosphere beneath him. Then, he did something nuts – he jumped!

For the first part of the fall – the atmosphere was so thin Kittinger felt zero wind resistance and believed he was suspended in space until, after four minutes and 36 seconds of freefall at almost 1000 km/h, he penetrated the troposphere and met it’s wind resistance where at last he opened his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,500 m).

no comment

Add your comment

Your email address will not be published.