Watching People Skydive in Slow Motion Is Absolutely Mesmerizing

I always imagined skydiving to be a frantic, chaotic experience. Okay, maybe you get 15 seconds of "whoa this looks cool" before panic sets in as you start zipping down the air and plummeting to earth—don't freak out, oh MY GOD PULL THE CORD, PULL THE EFFING CORD ALREADY YOU JOKESTER. This slow motion video, taken with… » 4/19/11 5:20pm 4/19/11 5:20pm

Wannabe Supersonic Skydiver Foiled by Weather: Tomorrow Looks Good

Those of you who've hunted for news of crazy Frenchman Michel Fournier and his attempt on the skydiving height record (and the sound barrier) will be pleased to know that the jump is still on: just delayed by the weather. During his pre-jump oxygen breathing session this morning, the wind began to rise. Three weather… » 5/26/08 3:00pm 5/26/08 3:00pm

Frenchman Plummeting 25 Miles From The Sky Will Break Sound Barrier,…

Michel Fournier is about to make the greatest leap of his, and anyone else's, life. On Sunday, the 64-year-old retired French army officer will fly almost 25 miles into the sky in a giant balloon, step out of a pressurized capsule and plunge headfirst towards the earth, soaring through the atmosphere for an estimated… » 5/24/08 9:00pm 5/24/08 9:00pm