It’s a Monday Evening…Posted: October 15, 2012
As I write this post, my daughter is in her room laughing…having a good time. It is such a wonderful sound to hear.
Okay, tonight we stick with science links and some are cool!
First up, have you seen the helmet cam video of Felix Baumgartner? Here are two links for you. One from Huffpo has some German broadcaster commentary. The other from Gizmodo has no commentary, and you can here Felix breathing faster as he falls.
Video from Felix Baumgartner’s suit-mounted camera captured a dangerous moment when the Austrian skydiver spun out of control during his 24-mile jump on Sunday.
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner faced many dangers during his historic, 24-mile leap on Sunday. But new video from his chest-mounted camera, which was pointed at his helmet, captures one particularly terrifying moment when the Austrian daredevil went into an uncontrolled spin.
Left unchecked, the high-velocity spin would have been life-threatening, forcing blood to Baumgartner’s extremities and possibly out his ocular cavities, according to National Geographic.
Truly terrifying stuff. And awesome too.
According to Red Bull Stratos, Felix said he thought he was going to lose consciousness at one point because of the violent spinning:
“There was a time I really thought I was in trouble. I had to decide to fight all the way down and I finally got stable.
That spin became so violent it was hard to know how to get out of it. I was able to get it under control and break the speed of sound.
I could feel myself break the speed of sound. I could feel the air building up and then I hit it.”*—Felix Baumgartner
Fortunately, he managed to control the spin—somehow!—and look down to Earth, keeping a steady descent course. The video shows that moment, too.
While Felix was dropping to earth, another flight hero was breaking the sound barrier too: Chuck Yeager breaks sound barrier again, 65 years after historic flight
Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Charles Yeager straps into an F-15D for a re-enactment flight commemorating his breaking of the sound barrier 65 years ago on Sunday.
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AP) — Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise.
The 89-year-old Yeager, who was featured in the movie “The Right Stuff,” flew in the back seat Sunday of an F-15 Eagle as it broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet above California’s Mojave Desert — the same area where he first achieved the feat in 1947 while flying an experimental rocket plane.
He did it at exactly the same time as the first trip,
The F-15 carrying Yeager took off from Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas and broke the sound barrier at 10:24 a.m. Sunday, exactly 65 years to the minute the then-Air Force test pilot made history.
Scientists have identified the big eye that washed up onto a Florida Beach last week: Mystery eyeball identified Can you guess what it was? It was a swordfish eye…
I love the pictures on this next link, from LA: Shuttle Endeavour: Top reader photos from L.A. journey
Shuttle-watchers came out in droves this weekend for the Endeavour’s final journey to its new home at the California Science Center.
The shuttle’s dramatic trip was marked by delays and excited crowds. When it finally pulled up to its new home at the California Science Center a day later than expected, Endeavour was greeted by thousands of cheering spectators.
We asked readers to share their best photos of the retired orbiter with the Times, and scores of people participated. Some people had some fun with the shuttle, using the tricks of photography to make them look closer to the shuttle than they actually were. You can see the full gallery here.
The shuttle was “slowing down due to gas prices,” reader Christopher Martin joked about the photo above.
There are some pictures of the tail between two houses…and one with a street sign, be sure to take a look at them.
It’s another perfect day, I love LA!
So anything new going on in your world, share the links and comments, this is an open thread