Tuesday, October 7, 2008
French Man Poised And Ready To Break Skydiving Records
Paris (ChattahBox) - Michel Fournier. a 64-year old retired French army officer will attempt to break the current world-record for a skydive when he throws himself off a balloon 130,000 feet above the Earth.
Fournier is going to be taking a helium-powered balloon 130,000 feet above the Earth, where the temperatures may hit -148 degrees Fahrenheit, or -100 degrees Celsius.
He will be wearing a specially-designed pressurized suit to withstand these extreme temperatures.
The jump will last for 15-minutes, with Fournier possibly breaking four world records.
He could break the record for the fastest free fall, longest free fall, highest jump, and highest altitude reached by a man in a balloon if he pulls it all off.
Weather pushed the jump back from 6 a.m. ET to 10 a.m. ET on Monday due to winds.
The current record for a high jump is by Col. Joseph Kittinger from the U.S. Air Force, who jumped from 101,700