Congratulations to Felix Baumgartner and to the adventurous spirit!
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Oct 17, 2012 | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An amazing thing happened on Sunday

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner, after flying a balloon to 128,097 feet (about 24 miles) over the course of 2.5 hours, jumped out of that perfectly good balloon, and in the process reached a speed of 833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24, becoming the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power.

And yet, he landed on his feet with no injuries!

Baumgartner deployed his parachute after 4:19 minutes, falling around 14 seconds short of the record set by retired US Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger.

The total free fall time was 4 minutes 19 seconds, and the total free fall distance, that is, the distance before he deployed his parachute, was 119,846 feet.

Kittinger, who parachuted from 102,800 feet in 1960, advised Baumgartner and gathered data on next-generation full-pressure suits.

The project, known as Red Bull Stratos, is called that because it was sponsored by Red Bull, but it was also known as the mission to the edge of space.

It was also the 65th anniversary of Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 flight, the first flight that broke the sound barrier.

The total jump, from leaving the capsule to landing on the ground, took about 10 minutes. What an exciting and terrifying 10 minutes that must have been!

Needless to say, it will be hard to top what has been done here. This is definitely something I want to put on my bucket list.

It may seem frivolous, and to an extent, it is. But I think there will end up being some useful data to come from it in the long run.

Regardless, this is extremely impressive, and I tip my hat to him. I can’t help but admire an adventurous spirit, which probably has to do with why I like books like Lord of the Rings and shows like Doctor Who and Star Trek so much.

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Hopefully, everyone who was able to make it to this year’s Trigg County Country Ham Festival had a good time! There was certainly much to do and see this year.

And once again, my 1960s era Konica film camera, which I got for $2 in a yard sale, proved its worth, as did the company’s digital SLR (single lens reflex).

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And don’t forget the local debate being held at the Trigg County High School’s Little Theater, put on with the help of The Cadiz Record, WKDZ and others. Hopefully, actual answers will be given to the questions asked, in stark contrast to other debates that have been put on recently.

Candidates for Circuit Court Clerk, State Representative and State Senator will be among those questioned.

Franklin Clark is a reporter for the Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at fclark@cadizrecord.com.
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