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Oct 1 2012 9:00am
Morning Roundup: Man to Basically Sky Dive From Space Next Week

In what will be a world record, an Australian Austrian skydiver named Felix Baumgartner will skydive from 23 miles in the air. He will break the sound barrier while doing this! Though he’s not technically in space, this seems very similar to the orbital jump(s) from Star Trek. Good luck Felix! (news via BuzzFeed)

Jump into your week with more offsite links! Highlights include:

  1. Star Trek: TNG turned 25. How much do you know about it?
  2. The real danger of time travel is confronting baldness.
  3. Everyone make the Tauntaun sound. Now.


Stubby the Rocket is the voice and mascot of Tor.com. Stubby can’t skydive on account of being a rocket. It’s weird how being awesome has its limitations sometimes.

4 comments
David Levinson
1. DemetriosX
Umm, Felix Baumgartner is Austrian, not Australian. You know, Arnold Schwarzenegger, not Paul Hogan. Stubby must still be hungover from the weekend.
Billy Abbey
2. felix
Terminal velocity for a human body is about 180-200 mph....how exactly is that going to break the speed of sound?
Brian R
3. Mayhem
@felix
Terminal velocity changes according to the drag of the medium the object is moving through.
The current human record is 614mph from Kittinger's effort, set due to the lack of air resistance in the upper atmosphere.
Baumgartner intends to jump from even higher in a more streamlined suit, so should be significantly faster - for the record the speed of sound at the height he plans to start from is around 690mph, he has already achieved a relative mach 0.8 in his last test jump.
The jury is still out as to whether he can actually go supersonic, but the lack of air density should help dampen a lot of the interfering shockwaves that make it so hard to do at sea level.
Billy Abbey
4. felix
It's going to get hot .....I would love to see a thermometer recording of the jump. God, I'm a nerd.

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