"Space diving?"

Kittinger_2Made for television? Space diving?

Could be, according to Alan Boyle at Cosmic Log.

Boyle says "space activist" Rick Tumlinson is promoting the idea and plans for jumps to begin at lower altitudes on the way to breaking the current parachuting record. He even envisions bringing people safely back from orbit that way.

More details about Tumlinson's idea are at Cosmic Log. Go read for yourself.

As Boyle also points out, the highest recorded parachute jump was from 102,800 feet (31,330 m) in 1960. Capt. Joseph Kittinger was in freefall for 4 minutes and 36 seconds and reached a speed of 714 mph. The picture above is of him leaving the gondola of his balloon. It's an image I really love.

About actually jumping, not so much.

Wayne