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Skydiver begins daring bid
to break sound barrier

Associated Press, by JUAN CARLOS LLORCA

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Posted By:Oblio, 10/14/2012 1:48:01 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. - Lifted by a massive balloon, extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner ascended high above Earth on Sunday in his bid to complete a death-defying 23-mile free fall that could make him the first skydiver to break the sound barrier.Baumgartner took off in a pressurized capsule carried by a 55-story ultra-thin helium balloon that is expected to ascend high above the New Mexico desert for nearly three hours. If plans go as expected, Baumgartner, in a high-tech suit,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Photoonist, 10/14/2012 1:49:35 PM     (No. 8932474)

Almost live feed (slight delay):
http://www.boston.com/news/source/2012/10/live_video_skyd.html

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SnowQueen, 10/14/2012 2:22:26 PM     (No. 8932539)

That was great!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: capecodfox, 10/14/2012 2:24:36 PM     (No. 8932543)

totally awesome.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jalo1951, 10/14/2012 2:25:09 PM     (No. 8932545)

I watched it live on The Discovery Channel. Wow. As a person who does not like heights of any kind what he did was awesome. It was amazing how quickly it was over. I'm glad that he's okay and safe on the ground.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: ccprops, 10/14/2012 2:25:32 PM     (No. 8932547)

Glorious insanity, but it was great!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: WimeTarmerFable, 10/14/2012 2:27:29 PM     (No. 8932555)

What a trip! Bravery and technology ! WOOT FELIX!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 10/14/2012 2:29:03 PM     (No. 8932560)

Totally Awesome!

We could see the balloon all the way over here in Texas. We're 175 miles from Roswell, and we could see it.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Slimepuppy, 10/14/2012 2:29:16 PM     (No. 8932562)

...simply the next chapter in the "Roswell Tourism Con Job".

courtesy of this "Research Center"??:

http://www.roswellufomuseum.com/

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Safari Man, 10/14/2012 3:42:52 PM     (No. 8932739)

#7 did you think to snap a picture? Maybe you could put it on TheConnection.



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Reply 10 - Posted by: lil dotty, 10/14/2012 5:11:33 PM     (No. 8932909)

Living in the wide open spaces of Texas we often wonder how far we can see a storm, etc.
#7 after reading you were 175 miles from Roswell here in Texas, DH asked me to ask ...
Would that by chance be Lubbock?
Just curious....We can see forever out here.


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