On the fly….

Before proximity fliers and B.A.S.E. jumpers (super Alpha as they are) came Joe Kittinger 50 years earlier.

Joseph Kittinger's record-breaking skydive fro...

Joseph Kittinger’s record-breaking skydive from 102,800 feet (31,300 m). Photograph by Volkmar Wentzel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This clip infra demonstrates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MkB6NkQscI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The music track is suitable but the concluding ‘Guinness like surfing ‘ is perplexingly out of context.

Mr K is a candidate for the greatest Floridian and far too good for Orlando.  You should have stayed 40 miles east on the coast Joe!

This is quiet a CV !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Kittinger

 

 

In 2012, the oldest guy in the room assisted Felix, who being a B.A.S.E jumper and orthodox parachutist is clearly no slouch himself.

Nice pics with the birds!

http://vimeo.com/36707211

And if one couldn’t reach higher in human achievement, here is Dr John Stapp

John Stapp

pic: wikimedia-commons

 

Working on the horizontal plane literally, this medical doctor put his life on the line and again I’m not speaking figuratively!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stapp

 

 

Decades on….

The ISS.

It moves at 21 times or so the speed of a bullit in real time.    Note the electrical activity in the skies as it transits from NW USA( Oregon down California to South America).

Fine use of time-lapse filming.

http://vimeo.com/32430473

 

 

Then in 2012…….

Transit of Venus.

venus transit sun

venus transit sun (Photo credit: thr0ke)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No! Despite evidence to the contrary I am not another ‘space cadet’.  I don’t join groups in the same way as Groucho Marx.  Incidentally I  conscientiously objected to scouts and alter servants too!

As I was saying, I’m not a viewer of the night sky.  In fact I have reverse vertigo when I look up at the endless void, I get uneasy.  Looking down is easy!

However I did look for the Venus event. It was a cloudy morning!

Just at the time the Astrology boffins asserted that the transition would occur; I gazed.  The sun came up low and slow from the East (always a good sign I think).

I didn’t see the micro-dot transition across our Star (as in the wiki pic above) but I did look as it happened.  That was enough!

 

http://vimeo.com/30313769

 

Back on earth once more…..

Lake Powell.  Nice editing and sound.

Geology of Nevada is sensational.

http://vimeo.com/34518694

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About Maurice O'Sullivan Aherne

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