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Amazing: Highlights From the Edge of Space Plunge to Earth

socalcon Wrote: Oct 15, 2012 1:56 PM
The left will soon 'poke' at Paul Ryan for claiming the record earlier.

Because it's Monday and because it's awesome, below are the highlights from the Felix Baumgartner's 24-mile plunge to Earth from the edge of space. Yes, he survived! Humans are amazing.

The 128k refers to the altitude that Baumgartner was at when he leaped from his capsule: 128,000 feet.  That altitude relates to 39,000 meters, or 24.24 miles (39.01 kilometers). This is really high above the Earth.

In fact, the officially recognized edge of outer space --that which gives a person crossing this boundary the designation "astronaut" -- is 62 miles (100 kilometers)...