Wednesday, July 21, 2010

James May take a ride to the edge of space

I know we have all heard this before, but I never get tired of seeing a fresh perspective of what a sub-orbital or in this case a U-2 plane traveling to 70,000 feet. In this short, James May of Top Gear fame, takes us with him as he rides the plane to twice the altitude of a commercial airline. An altitude that puts him above 95% of the Earth's atmosphere. At one point in the film he remarks that other than the folks in the ISS, they (meaning the pilot and May)were the only people at that altitude. Quite sobering when you start seeing, once again, the curve of the planet and how thin the lower 95% really is. Quite beautiful. Enjoy!

Thanks to the Kim Komando for the post

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