Barnstorming heroics at the edge of space

Space dive jumpThe sound of rocket engines is no longer as common as it once was. America’s launch sites – at least those which once propelled men and women into space – have fallen silent; while those in Russia, strangely and unexpectedly beset by technical difficulties, are scarcely more active. And the private space ports, one of which was recently and perhaps prematurely christened with champagne, have yet to truly open for business. If you listen hard enough at the Cape perhaps you can still hear the long-fading echo of the last Saturn V engine, a sound now some forty years in the past. For the time being at least, it seems as if the sound of man-made thunder has disappeared from the surface of the Earth, to be replaced by an expectant hush, a sense of anticipation that may not be fulfilled any time soon. Ray Bradbury’s “rocket summer” is in danger of becoming a long, drawn out, quiet winter. And yet, in one remarkable endeavour, the pioneering spirit of Apollo lives on.

Odyssey would like to salute the courage of Felix Baumgartner who plans, later this year, to sky-dive back to Earth from an altitude of 23 miles (36.5km).

This will be an attempt to beat the record set by Joe Kittinger in 1960, when he leapt from a balloon at 31km (102,800ft). Baumgartner’s long fall back to Earth may well be silent but the touch down should – indeed, must – be met with a thunderous roar of approval from every space enthusiast on the planet. I decided to take Clomid for infertility treatment. In general, I read reviews at and decided to try Clomiphene. One man really can make a difference. God speed, Felix Baumgartner!

Mark Stewart FBIS

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