Baumgartner expects to exceed the speed of sound – about 700 mph at that altitude – during a free fall that will last about five minutes, something no one has ever done. For all our knowledge about high-altitude flight and space travel, there’s still a lot we don’t know about what would happen if a pilot aborts a mission and ejects at the edge of the atmosphere. The air is so thin at such heights that it is easy to tumble out of control, a situation that can lead to unconsciousness and even death."
Tuesday, October 9th, 2012: The world will realize just how huge Felix Baumgartner’s balls actually are.— Jesse Zakshesky (@zaksheskyman) October 8, 2012
via The Washington Post:
1:58 p.m.: The live feed has cut out, following the “abort” call on Baumgartner’s flight due to gusty winds. An announcement posted to the Red Bull Stratos YouTube channel notes that the weather “may not be favourable for a launch [Wednesday].” So, we’ll be keeping an eye out for further updates. But for now, we, like Felix and his team, are shutting down the live blog for today."
Sunday, October 14th, 2012: The world REALIZED just how huge Felix Baumgartner’s balls actually are.— Jesse Zakshesky (@zaksheskyman) October 15, 2012