“Fascinating” as Spock would say raising one eyebrow.
On 24 October 2014 a senior Google vice president 57 year old Alan Eustace (shown below) broke the world altitude record by jumping from a balloon from an altitude of 135,890 feet (41.4 km). When he was interviewed after he had safely landed he said:
“..It was beautiful. You could see the darkness of space… ”
This made me think about what do we actually mean by ‘going into space’? Where does the Earth’s atmosphere end and space begin? This is the purpose of this post – to try and answer this question. Those with good memory for my previous posts may also notice that some of the material in this article appeared in a longer post I published on 24 July about space tourism 🙂
What do we mean by ‘going into space’ ?
This is a question to which there is no hard and fast answer. As we get higher up, the atmosphere gets gradually thinner and thinner…
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