Infographic: The Anatomy of a Supersonic Freefall

by Nancy Atkinson on February 15, 2012

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What are all the steps and stages of Felix Baumgartner’s record-setting freefall attempt which will take place later this year? This infographic provides a look at what happen during the jump.

More info see our article about Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos mission, or the Red Bulletin. Alan Boyle’s Cosmic log has a different version of this infographic, a larger (12MB) pdf.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also is the host of the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcast and works with Astronomy Cast. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Doug Black February 15, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I’m sure this would be very interesting … if I could read the damned thing. Graphic design FAIL.

daniel_rey_m February 16, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Why can’t you just download the image separately and then use the Zoom In tool? If it still isn’t enough, copy/paste onto Word, change the View from Print Layout to Web Layout and use the Stretch tool.

squidgeny February 16, 2012 at 1:14 PM

It’s not really a problem of zooming, it’s the poor (and rather bizarre) choice of background image.

But since the article links to a much better image anyway, there’s really not much reason to complain.

krenshala February 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Its a problem due to both their choice of white text on a white/light-blue background (text easily blends in), and JPEG compression blurring the text. This problem is evident even on the larger image.

DarkGnat February 15, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I was wondering what was up with this guy. I figure Red Bull got cold feet or something. I hope he is successful, and everything goes according to plan.

Mark Dunk February 16, 2012 at 1:24 AM

My first parachuting experience was from 14,000 feet, a free-fall of about 60 seconds. This is going to be awesome!

bugzzz February 16, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Please tell me this entire thing will be videotaped from his POV. I don’t need to experience it first hand. That will be close enough.

jean John February 19, 2012 at 6:14 AM

I can’t understand. Maybe this should be had a full article. I tried to download the picture but still I can’t see the picture clearly even if I zoom because of the picture quality.

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Sandipan February 20, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The text is unreadable. Otherwise the concept is great.

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