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Everything You Wanted To Know About The Red Bull Space Jump (And A Few Things That You Didn't)

That FelixBaumgartner 128,000-foot jump from the edge of space was almost, literally, outof this world. With all the risks involved, Felix must have been out of hismind. But I think it’s great that one man’s bravery hasreignited our interest in space. Take that, Mars Rover!

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Red Bull Space Jump (And A Few Things That You Didn't)

This infographic was (optimistically) put together before the record-breaking jump so the numbers are not quite exact. Still, a guy went skydiving from space. That. Just. HAPPENED.


Find out how a record-breaking supersonic sky dive from space works, in this SPACE.com infographic.


Cool story, bro. But look at everything that could have gone wrong:

  • Colliding shockwaves that explode a human body moving at supersonic speed
  • Low-pressure environment causing flat spin (which did happen) that could knock him out and cause brain damage (jury’s still out – kidding!)
  • Vacuum exposure boiling his blood
  • Decompression sickness (“the bends”)
  • Extreme cold
  • Extreme heat
  • Ultraviolet radiation 100 times as strong at 120,000 feet
  • Accidental deployment of parachute

So, kids, next time you want to jump from the edge of space … just don’t.  You make me nervous.


Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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