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…Ferdinand Fischer is crazy?

Ferdinand Fischer is a stuntman and stunt coordinator for SlamArtist.com, but he’s also batshit crazy, as demonstrated by his latest stunt, which involved him freefalling from a 150 ft. cliff into a big pile of cardboard boxes:

Apparently it’s a new world record, though I have no idea who else was crazy enough to try anything close to this without a parachute attached.

I kid you not when I say that the only thing I could manage to mumble while watching this clip was “No. F’ing. Way.”

[SlamArtist.com]

…Humans are amazing?

I was trying to explain to someone how incredible I think the fact that we landed the Phoenix rover on the surface of Mars is, and was unfortunately coming up short for words.

However, I think this picture does it pretty good justice:

Phoenix Parachute

Not much to see, eh?

Well, think about this: What you’re seeing is a photo of the Phoenix rover as it descends to the surface of Mars under its own parachute. The photo was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE camera as it circles a planet that is tens to hundreds of millions of miles away. As it circles that planet, it’s tracking and photographing a man made object that is gracefully touching down onto the surface of that planet under the guide of its own parachute. Both objects are acting remotely and robotically, and then sending their data back to earth at the speed of light (and it still takes 15 minutes to get here). In short: We created a remote controlled vehicle, shot it millions of miles into the sky, landed it on a precise location on another planet, and then programmed it to run its own scientific experiments and then report back to us with the results.

See what I mean?

[Image Via: Bad Astronomy Blog]

Also, if you’d like to keep track of the rover, follow it on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MarsPhoenix

(What I like most about the Phoenix Twitter is that it’s probably one of the smartest people in the world (a NASA scientist) that has to dumb down what he’s saying and then put it into the third person so that the rest of us can understand what’s going on. Somewhere there’s a guy sitting in a room that’s hating life and wondering when he can leave his Twitter post and get back to playing with the world’s coolest remote control car.)

…Travis Pastrana can fly?

Travis Pastrana Parachute

Because jumping motorcycles and rally racing isn’t enough, Travis Pastrana tries to find new ways to die in his latest video, called Thrillbillies.

In the photo above, you can see him 12,500 feet above the ground without a parachute. Instead, Travis jumped with sunglasses, board shorts, and a can of Red Bull.

What more could you need, right?

Oh yeah…A parachute.

During the dive, Travis’ three jumping partners attached their parachute to the harness that he was wearing underneath his shorts, and parachuted everyone safely to the ground.

[EXPN – Plane Loco Slideshow]

[Via: Spluch]

…Basejumping is too safe for some people?

I think the problem with some people is that they just get bored too easily. These guys launch themselves into the air with a giant human slingshot, and then parachute back down to the ground. Who thought of that? Can you imagine the scene where he proposed it to his buddy? “So, I’ve got this idea. I want to catapult myself with a giant crane so that I go high enough that I can parachute back down to the ground. It’ll be like a base jump, only twice as dangerous. Think I can do it?”

[Via: Buzz Patrol]