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Taking The Bull By The Horns: Baumgartner Completes 13-mile Skydive
2012-03-16 07:21:57

Austrian skydiver extraordinaire Felix Baumgartner has joined an elite list of men who have jumped from the edge of space, after he landed safely from a nearly 72,000-foot jump yesterday near Roswell, New Mexico. The 70,000-foot-plus feat was first accomplished by Joe Kittinger in November 1959 when he skydived from 76,400 feet, and then again in 1960 from 102,800 feet. Russian Eugene Andreev jumped from 83,253 feet in 1962, landing him in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest...

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2010-07-14 07:05:00

An Austrian daredevil is making progress with his plans to jump from the edge of space in a dive that would shatter world skydive records as well as the sound barrier. Felix Baumgartner is getting closer and closer to making his dream a reality. He has recently completed a series of high-altitude test jumps and plans to make the record-setting attempt later this year. Baumgartner will start in the stratosphere at 120,000 feet and will leap from a capsule suspended by a helium balloon near...

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2010-01-22 13:35:00

Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian extreme sportsman, said his next goal is to try to break the long-standing record for the highest ever parachute jump, BBC News reported. American Joe Kittinger made history by leaping from a balloon at 102,800ft some 50 years ago and many have sought to repeat the feat over the years but all have failed. Baumgartner now plans to skydive from a balloon sent to at least 120,000 ft. The daredevil is famous for stunts such as jumping off the Petronas Towers. He...

2008-05-24 21:00:04

By THE CANADIAN PRESS NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. - Michel Fournier began final preparations Saturday for a stunt that will, should all go well, end in the pre-dawn darkness Monday with him rising slowly in a helium-powered balloon pod until he can touch the very void of space - and then step off. The 64-year-old French skydiver aims to free fall 40,000 metres (130,000 feet) from the stratosphere in a specially designed suit, helmet and parachute to advance the cause of science and, in the...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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