As the sun warms the Earth's surface, the atmosphere warms too. Some parts of the Earth receive direct rays from the sun all year and are always warm. Other places receive indirect rays, so the climate is colder. Warm air, which weighs less than cold air, rises. Then cool air moves in and replaces the rising warm air. This movement of air is what makes the wind blow. What is the jet stream? What is a monsoon? What are the Santa Ana Winds? What are the global wind patterns? The equator receives the Sun's ...
Skyhoppers - Joe Kittinger
That experience would have been vital to Baumgartner on his jump as Kittinger, whose records Baumgartner set out to beat, coolly guided the Austrian back to earth from Mission Control, a constant presence in his ear piece and in the live broadcast of the jump. 1960: - Project Excelsior 102,800 - parachuted back to earth breaking the speed of sound in freefall. 1983: - 2,001 miles solo in 1,000 meter balloon.