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Kickstarter Earth 360 Project
2012-09-02 07:25:07

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sitting in a plane doesn't quite give you the full perspective of what this planet looks like while traveling from above, but one Kickstarter project may just give you the view that you desire. The project, Earth 360, is aiming to take a panoramic, 360 degree view of what our home planet looks like when taking off from the ground, and heading towards space. The Earth 360 Kickstarter is a documentary following a Technology &...

Rocket University Engineers Tested With High-Altitude Drop
2012-08-17 15:57:46

An experimental payload went 25,000 feet higher than planned during a recent test flight but still performed well and will be the basis for a larger flight test next year. "I think avionics-wise it went beautifully," said Chris Iannello, part of the team at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida that launched a high altitude balloon to the edge of the atmosphere and then tracked an instrument package they built as it free fell back to Earth. "We were all real pleased with it." The...

Felix Baumgartner To Make 17-Mile Freefall
2012-07-25 11:19:42

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Daredevil extraordinaire Felix Baumgartner has spent years planning a jump that would take him into the record books as the only man to ever freefall from the edge of space, but before he can accomplish that hair-raising feat he will first need to make a final test fall from 17 miles -- no small leap of faith in its own right. The final test jump from 90,000 feet will occur over Roswell, New Mexico and, after two scheduled...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.