Photos – parachutist breaks speed of sound in free-fall, planets in the sky, glaciers

Pictured over Chile’s Atacama desert, the blue star cluster to the left is the Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters. Second from left is Jupiter, followed by Venus and the star Aldebaran. Jupiter and Venus remained large and bright in the early morning through the rest of July.

 

 

Austrian athlete Felix Baumgartner parachutes toward the desert after detaching from a space capsule 96,637 up. The test jump was the second for the Red Bull Stratos Project, which has the lofty goal of sending Baumgartner 120,000 feet up—to the edge of space—before he free-falls at supersonic speeds. If successful, Baumgartner will become the first person to break the speed of sound in free fall.

 

 

An iceberg measuring nearly 50 square miles floats away from the Petermann glacier in northwestern Greenland.

 

 

See the rest: National Geographic - Space Pictures This Week: Extreme Free Fall, Ice Island, More

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