What It's Like To Drop 150,000 Feet Straight Down


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+43 1. orion commented 7 years ago

But why is the velocity measured in murders per hurdle? I know average US folk lives in the 18th century, but shouldn't at least people in science and engineering use proper units already?
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+2 2. MindTrick commented 7 years ago

Because once you have halve a billion people gotten used to it, it will take generations before they get accustomed to a new system. On their end, they are saying the same as we, why don't we change. And we stick to the metric system because it's the best. So do they think, just opposite, but for different reasons.
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+8 3. mwak commented 7 years ago

I was waiting to see them burning while falling :( damn you hollywood movies !
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+4 4. kaloudji commented 7 years ago

What is that 5:4 ?
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+4 5. cameramaster commented 7 years ago

And there's some poor bloody dolphin...happily swimming along....then KABBOOM !...a bloody great chunk of metal falls on him.....poor dolphin :-(
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+6 6. Judge-Jake commented 7 years ago

#5 No they had a diver shoo all the dolphins away >:)
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+4 7. huldu commented 7 years ago

From what I've seen the last 15 years or so is quite a few switches to the metric system... by the Americans. It's a slow process.
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+6 8. krillemaster commented 7 years ago

Make spacecrafts not war <3
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-1 9. joeman commented 7 years ago

Americans are awesome to share this
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+3 10. greywolfdog commented 7 years ago

Thought there was no sound in space?
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+4 11. beerholder commented 7 years ago

#10 150 000 feet or 42 km is not space. While the atmosphere is indeed thin, it is believed that space begins at over 100 km up.
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+3 12. orion commented 7 years ago

#11 it's defined to be at 100km, but that's just deciding which layer of atmosphere no longer counts as atmosphere. The thermosphere extends much higher than that. And to truly get away from Earth's influence, you must go much farther (see Hill's sphere [10^6 km] to get out of the direct gravitational influence and magnetosphere [10^5 km] to avoid most of the magnetic field).
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-1 13. SunshineEddy commented 7 years ago

The outer edge of the atmosphere sounds like Silent Hill. Creepy.
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+2 14. LaoMa commented 7 years ago

#2: How do you explain the 6,5 billion people elsewhere who managed to start using SI system during the last 100 years? US is almost literally the last place on Earth not using international standard units.
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0 15. MindTrick commented 7 years ago

Easy. They wern't americans.
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0 16. Killerado commented 7 years ago

Can anyone explain how it slowed down from 2700 to 300 mph before it deployed its parachutes?
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+1 17. Sizzlik (admin) commented 7 years ago

#16 Magnets...or magic =) Well, im no scientist but im pretty sure its caused by the atmosphere..air friction. The reason why small meteors dont hit the earth even when they come at us with unimaginable speed. You can hear it..slightly out of the atomsphere its kind of silent when it drops..entering the atmosphere again the speed drops and it sounds like a tornado outside...so..no wind sound with 2k mph but loud sound with 300mph..guess thats the clue =)
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+2 18. Gorf commented 7 years ago

#4 it's the launch trail from where the shuttle took off