Monday, August 13, 2007

Michel Fournier's incredible challenge : Sky dive from edge of space!!!

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Michel Fournier, 63, a former paratrooper will leap head-first from a weather balloon 25 miles above Earth and plummet at more than 1,000mph with only a parachute for company. The greyhaired Frenchman, aims to become the first person to break the sound barrier in free-fall.

As he plunges through the stratosphere at supersonic speed, he also hopes to break three more world records - for the longest sky dive, the highest parachute jump and the highest altitude achieved by a human in a balloon.

Despite the intense cold outside, his £35,000 suit will heat up inside when it meets air resistance. His crash helmet will have its own air supply and reinforced ear pads to protect him from the sonic boom as he breaks through the Mach 1 sound barrier.

I really hope he can achieve these objectives... All the best and good luck Fournier!!!




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