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The big blue revisited
  1. P McCrory

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    For those interested in extreme sports, we have a new candidate—extreme high altitude skydiving. US Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger, who jumped out of a balloon at 102 800 feet in 1960, holds the current world record. Kittinger apparently went into a spin on his stratospheric jump and blacked out before his chute opened automatically. In 2005, champion skydiver Cheryl Stearns will make a jump from 130 000 feet.

    A few facts for the tech heads. The jump will be made from a helium filled balloon with an open gondola. The balloon ascent will take about 2½ hours to reach …

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