Image: Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico

Image: Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico
Credit: NASA/Terry Virts

From the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry W. Virts took this photograph of the Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Gulf Coast at sunset and posted it to social media on Dec. 14, 2014.

The space station and its crew orbit Earth from an altitude of 220 miles, traveling at a speed of approximately 17,500 miles per hour.

Because the station completes each trip around the globe in about 92 minutes, the crew experiences 16 sunrises and sunsets each day.

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Dec 17, 2014
I've always told myself i would take a skydive in my twilight years, maybe i should be looking a little further from our ground! so magnificent
I highly recommend it... it can change your perspective on a lot of things

1- do NOT use round chutes (you end up playing lawn dart and screwing up your knee's/heels/back etc)
If the jump master is using a round chute then either you are very heavy or he isn't as experienced as you want (Some former military still like round chutes, but square are far easier on the landing)
2- your first jumps will be tandem and static line: find someone you don't mind being tied to
3- enjoy the view while it lasts

It isn't anything like above, but it can still be awe inspiring!

P.S. you normally don't get to the "sky-diving stage" until you've gotten a certain number of chute jumps out of the way
Talk to the Jump Master for more details

Dec 17, 2014
thank you!
You are very welcome

here is a good start for the US

a good place to start is the FAQ's

plus there is a contact number as well as more info

I don't know where you live but that link should give you more basic info than i can give in the 1000 char limit here as well as more accurate up to date info than i can
(My last jump was a 1999-2000, so i am WAY out of date)


Dec 17, 2014
Cap'n -
Great recommendation! Nothin' like it, foolspoo - you'll love it.
Unfortunately, back in the day at Ft Gordon sport parachuting club, all we had was round chutes...
So I have the knees of a forty yr old football player...:-)

Dec 17, 2014
H2O2 (90% by weight), simple rocket pack, squirrel suit, for launch – don't keep throttle wide open for duration of ascent (couple minutes) unless you want to go supersonic. Stay below 10,000 feet unless you have O2. Glide towards destination. Deploy paraglider for landing. Hemispherical 'chute for emergency reserve. LA to San Diego in about 5 minutes, *** the 405, diesel fumes and fossil fuels. Spectacular views – I imagine – I've not done it, my country's bass-ackwards for allowing or funding that kinda thing. Tried and true technologies, one of the safest airframes ever devised, almost no moving parts to break...

Dec 17, 2014
Forgot to add it's also a great way to get back and forth to the condo in the clouds – made of heated structural aerogel, floats like a boat in the air, solar powered station keeping...

What was the reason again, can anybody tell me why we decide to kill each other over religion (e.g. theism, capitalism, woteverism, etc.) instead of enjoy the prosperity of our technological ingenuity, (e.g., George Jetson) ? Don't even tell me over-population. The sky's the limit. Has no one been paying attention to all the marvelous things that can be done even just in LEO ?

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