"Near Space" Adventures

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 by LosAltos_Library

On July 25, skydiver Michael Baumgartner leaped out of a balloon-lifted capsule and fell 96,640 feet before landing safely back on earth. That's 3 minutes and 48 seconds of freefall! Baumgartner is aiming at doing another "near space" skydive to break the current record of 102, 800 feet set in 1960 by Joe Kittinger.

Check out more space and near-space adventures in some of these titles:

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach

Destination Moon: The Apollo Missions in the Astronauts' Own Words by Ron Pyle

Zero G: Life and Survival in Space by Peter Bond

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