What does one wear for a stratosphere jump? A talk from the man who designed Felix Baumgartner’s safety suit.
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a helium balloon from over 24 miles high, he broke a world record by freefalling from an altitude of 128,100 feet to Earth. He became the first human to break the sound barrier, reaching a peak speed of 833 mph.
So what does one wear for a free-fall from this altitude? The answer comes in this talk from Dr. Jon Clark, a six-time space shuttle crew surgeon who helped create the suit that allowed Felix to make this monumental jump. A previous jumper died in the attempt when his pressure suit failed.
John’s wife Laurel was killed on the Space Shuttle Columbia when it exploded just before its landing in February 2003 – he has dedicated his life to space exploration safety.
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