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Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos Space Jump Lives Again

February 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM | by | ()

When it comes to aviation, Dayton, Ohio seems to have all the best stuff. There's the history of the Wright Brothers, the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum in nearby Wapakoneta, and the National Museum of the US Air Force. You'd think those would be enough attractions for the middle of Ohio, but not so.

Dayton is now temporarily home to Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos capsule and spacesuit.

Think back to October 2012, when it seemed like the entire world was tuned into the live feed of Baumgartner's 127,852 feet jump from a the capsule, attached to a stratospheric balloon. He broke two world records (highest freefall and highest manned balloon flight) in the team's quest to "improve scientific understanding of how the body copes with the extreme conditions near space" and advance aerospace safety.

The interactive exhibit is open until March 16, during regular museum hours, and admission is free.

As for the Space Shuttle exhibit that opens February 26, the focus is on NASA's first Crew Compartment Trainer, which allows visitors to experience the size and shape of an actual Space Shuttle by entering the payload bay and looking into the flight deck.

[Image: Red Bull]

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