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Baumgartner’s amazing achievement

22 Oct

The BBC News Magazine of 15/10/2012 reports on this unbelievable feat.

Interestingly, the article draws attention to previous flights, and describes Scott’s balloon flight over the Barrier on the ‘Discovery’ expedition. Other flights are mentioned, including Yuri Gagarin.

Although Scott was fascinated by science and new innovations, I do not think he would have claimed that this venture was anything particularly extraordinary: except of course that it could have ended in disaster as he plummeted to earth!!

Shackleton went up too. He went a bit higher. But after this the balloon was put away