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The first time the Norton Tumblr heard the name Felix “Sound Barrier Buster” Baumgartner was in 2010 when we read Mary Roach’s hilarious, yet informative, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. The book has an entire chapter related to Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos Mission but the details of his jump had not yet been finalized at the time of publication. Now that the historic, record-breaking jump has been made, Mary Roach has an exclusive update to her New York Times bestseller Packing for Mars:

Felix Baumgartner’s space jump, a.k.a. the Red Bull Stratos project, finally happened on Sunday. Felix lived! He tumbled head over heel through the near-nonexistent atmosphere for a while, blinded by visor fog and coping with claustrophobia, then managed to stabilize himself, reaching a speed of 700-plus mph and breaking the sound barrier before opening his chute and drifting to Earth. The 23-mile jump sets a record for highest skydive, and makes Baumgartner the first person to break the sound barrier without an aircraft.
To me the records are not the important part. The jump was more than a stunt and a Red Bull publicity grab. It was a test of an emergency bailout space suit and parachute system. Baumgartner’s survival is good news for astronauts and future space tourists, as it means that with a pressure suit, a supply of oxygen, and the right combination of chutes, a human could survive an emergency bailout from space. Of course it helps to be a trained skydiver like Baumgartner.
The two-year delay between the time I visited Baumgartner for my book and the actual jump was due, in part, to a lawsuit by a man who claimed to have presented Red Bull with a similar proposal for a space-dive months before.   

wwnorton:

The first time the Norton Tumblr heard the name Felix “Sound Barrier Buster” Baumgartner was in 2010 when we read Mary Roach’s hilarious, yet informative, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. The book has an entire chapter related to Baumgartner’s Red Bull Stratos Mission but the details of his jump had not yet been finalized at the time of publication. Now that the historic, record-breaking jump has been made, Mary Roach has an exclusive update to her New York Times bestseller Packing for Mars:

Felix Baumgartner’s space jump, a.k.a. the Red Bull Stratos project, finally happened on Sunday. Felix lived! He tumbled head over heel through the near-nonexistent atmosphere for a while, blinded by visor fog and coping with claustrophobia, then managed to stabilize himself, reaching a speed of 700-plus mph and breaking the sound barrier before opening his chute and drifting to Earth. The 23-mile jump sets a record for highest skydive, and makes Baumgartner the first person to break the sound barrier without an aircraft.

To me the records are not the important part. The jump was more than a stunt and a Red Bull publicity grab. It was a test of an emergency bailout space suit and parachute system. Baumgartner’s survival is good news for astronauts and future space tourists, as it means that with a pressure suit, a supply of oxygen, and the right combination of chutes, a human could survive an emergency bailout from space. Of course it helps to be a trained skydiver like Baumgartner.

The two-year delay between the time I visited Baumgartner for my book and the actual jump was due, in part, to a lawsuit by a man who claimed to have presented Red Bull with a similar proposal for a space-dive months before.   

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