A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Felix Baumgartner, a skydiver who has performed world record-breaking BASE jumps, has launched into the air on the mission to push the limits of his skydiving career.
The Red Bull Stratos is a project conceived by several daredevils and scientists.
The main objective of Stratos was to break a 52-year-old record for the longest successful human freefall. The record was set by Colonel Joe Kittinger after a freefall from 102,800 feet.
Decades later, Kittinger joined the Stratos team as an advisor to the project and mentor to Baumgartner throughout the mission.
Stratos was launched with four primary objectives for Baumgartner: a freefall from the highest altitude (120,000 feet), the longest freefall time (5 minutes and 35 seconds), the highest manned balloon flight (120,000 feet) and being the first person to reach supersonic speeds in freefall.
The space suit Baumgartner will be wearing is crucial to his survival. If a breach of the suit occurs, some of the possible risks will include collapsing lungs, boiling blood, and eyes popping out of his head.
Although this mission might sound like a big-time effort for a high-octane adrenaline rush, there's a scientific purpose to it as well.
When Stratos blasts off into the atmosphere, it will help to develop new types of space suits, create a procedure for human exposure to high acceleration and altitude, test new parachute systems, and discover the effects of supersonic speeds on the human body.
Roswell, NM has hosted Stratos mission control throughout much of the project.
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