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Chris Britt

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  1. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Eesh, Britt – can’t you just concentrate on one or the other? Putting them together like this isn’t nice at all.

  2. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Why push politics into what is genuinely an amazing human feat? Sod that.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    BTW: overlooked is the fact that this “stunt”, just like Kittenger’s years ago, has the very REAL purpose of designing systems so that our astronauts can, when things look bad, SURVIVE a “bad experience and moment of crisis”.

    Don’t know about the “town hall” format, but suspect after two more events, and a few more weeks of inventing a new campaign strategy every 12 hours, while never actually revealing a single fact, or truth, of their plans, MItt and Ryan will be the ones without parachutes.

  4. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 2 years ago

    I agree with Ketira and Lynne on this one….comment on this amazing feat which advances science and technology, OR tease Obama for letting his debate performance hurt his poll numbers, but combining them cheapens the accomplishment and has no effect on what has become a tired and, with two more debates pending, unimportant issue.

  5. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, about 2 years ago


    Well, there is a little issue with the “rescue from orbit” idea:
    Mr. Baumgartner stared a v=0, anybody going through 24k miles from orbit will still have v=~7km/sec. Ever seen this bright glow at the front of the Shuttle? Can you imagine to hit the atmosphere at Mach 25 or so? IN A SUIT???


    You probably know that Werner von Braun was German (actually, he was Obersturmbandführer and got de-nazified in record time…). But still, his books about space were apolitical and therefor not banned in post-war Germany. I read “Die Rakete zu den Planetenräumen” (loosely: “Rockets to the planets”, can’t find it on Amazon right now) when I was eight years old or so (I was a weired kid…). In it he had the whole system figured out, including emergency return from orbit. The astronaut would wear his suit – like Felix – but he would have an inflatable cushion of foam on his back.


    That foam would be what we today use to fit windows. Back then it didn’t exist, but von Braun envisioned it. So, you leave your capsule / shuttle / Spaceship One, grab a “rocket stick”, deorbit, activate the foam and brace for turbulences. After going through the actual re-entry you jettison your burned-out foam-shield and go down like Felix.


    I say this: the first man to actually TRY this stunt should get a statue somewhere. Regrettably posthumously, in all likelihood…

  6. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago


    Thank you for that really interesting addition to the discussion!

    I have to wonder about one thing, though – given the fact that regardless of his starting velocity of 0, Baumgartner did hit terminal velocity. Would having a nonzero starting velocity actually make that much difference?

  7. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    And now its Mr Romney that is falling.

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