Wednesday, 17 October 2012

jumping from space

So, Felix Baumgartner managed to do his dive from the edge of space and back to Earth in one piece, and the edited video above shows just how high (just over 24 miles) up he was, and how impressive it looked.  It's a remarkable thing to do, and is unlikely to be beaten, but it also made me think about the astronauts that risked their lives travelling further out into the great unknown.  The most famous ones are the Apollo 11 crew of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, who were the first ones to successfully go to the Moon, land, and then return (although Collins did not go onto the surface).  If you are so inclined, the item below is for sale at RR Auctions.  It is signed by all three Apollo 11 astronauts, and is a snip at just over $1,500 at present.  This is one of the many times when l should be loaded, so l can fill up the house with more junk.  Saying that, if l was stinking rich, l'd have a go at doing the jump myself.  Anyone can jump, it's the landing you have to worry about..

Phew!  I have managed to do the whole piece without going for the obvious 'The Man Who Fell To Earth.'


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