[Merged] Felix Baumgartner

juanm

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I've been monitoring their website, but they keep pushing the deadline back. They're blaming the weather, but I think it's Baumgartner chickening out... :D
 
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GoCubsGo

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This is beyond cooler than a lot of things ... especially David Blaine.
 
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wrkactjob

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I've been monitoring their website, but they keep pushing the deadline back. They're blaming the weather, but I think it's Baumgartner chickening out... :D
Yes! stop messing about Felix! just jump off the balloon already!....man or mouse eh?...squeek squeek!..

Pahh! I'm going to get some helium balloons going in my garden and beat the record.

~rings Sky TV to drum up support - tinkers with lil web cam~
 
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wrkactjob

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Abandoned due to breeze....also in the news Everest attempt abandoned due to chill.
 
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ericrwalker

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I was watching the stream. Kind of sad it was called off. This was going to be fun the watch, but I am afraid he won't make it. He's got some balls, that's for sure.
 
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Jimbo47

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He still has awhile to go. He's at 64,000 feet, he's jumping around 200,000 feet.
 
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derbladerunner

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I fail to see the special achievement other than a huge marketing stunt for a certain energy drink company. Before you bury my comment please read up on Kittinger's jumps:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Excelsior

Now that was an achievement with much less sophisticated technology, knowledge and security systems. Also didn't have a fancy sponsor.

So now, a few decades later, Baumgartner jumps off a mere 5 km higher than Kittinger...yawn.

Anyway, just my opinion.
 
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hollerz

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I fail to see the special achievement other than a huge marketing stunt for a certain energy drink company. Before you bury my comment please read up on Kittinger's jumps:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Excelsior

Now that was an achievement with much less sophisticated technology, knowledge and security systems. Also didn't have a fancy sponsor.

So now, a few decades later, Baumgartner jumps off a mere 5 km higher than Kittinger...yawn.

Anyway, just my opinion.
A marketing stunt is all it is, certainly. But who cares, it's so cool! I didn't get to watch Kittinger make his jump, but now, along with 6.5 million other people, I'm streaming this jump live on YouTube!
 
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mrtune

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The shot from behind him right as he leaped toward earth was spectacular!

Nerves of steel. I would have chickened out and got back in.
 
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mattyuk

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Speechless. Gonna upload it on youtube (just the freefall and landing) dunno if it will get taken down straight away coz of copyright but balls to it
 
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