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News: Red Bull Stratos lands in Rotherham

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Felix Baumgartner, the first human ever to break the sound barrier with his own body, is to launch a UK exclusive exhibition on his team's achievements at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham later this year.

"Red Bull Stratos - Mission To The Edge of Space" is an exhibition dedicated to one of the most famous events of the 21st century and lands at the family attraction in July.

Red Bull Stratos was the flight test program that riveted the world in 2012, as professional BASE jumper and aerospace pioneer Baumgartner ascended 24 miles above earth with a massive helium balloon. Wearing only a spacesuit, and with a mere ten minutes of oxygen on his back, he jumped from the balloon's capsule and accelerated from 0 to 843.6 miles per hour – Mach 1.25 – in just 50 seconds before eventually parachuting to the ground.

The jump set numerous official and unofficial records for speed, altitude and distance.

From its inception, the mission was developed as a flight test program for medical and scientific advancement in human flight, and results are being shared with the scientific community.

It was also the most-watched live event in Internet history, and now visitors will be able to view the space suit and capsule used by Felix and his team to help them achieve this incredible feat. These two vessels were crucial in preserving Felix’s health and protecting him from the stratosphere's harsh environment.

An exclusive launch event for this exhibition will take place on July 23 at Magna. The audience will be treated to first hand tales of Red Bull Stratos from trio Felix Baumgartner, Art Thompson (technical project director) and Colonel Joe Kittinger (a former test pilot and inspiration for the project), as well as guest appearances from Sheffield-born astronaut Dr Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space and the first woman to visit the Mir space station, and Anu Ojha, director of education and space communications at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

Set in the former Templeborough steelworks, Magna has more than 100 hands-on exhibits. Entrance to the Red Bull Stratos exhibit, which will be in Rotherham for five weeks, is free with entry to Magna.

Another supersonic exhibit coming to Rotherham is the BLOODHOUND project, on show as part of this year's Children's Festival. The car aims to break the world land speed record by achieving the supersonic speed of 1,000mph and the project also aims to inspire future generations to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by showcasing these subjects in the most exciting way possible.

The British engineering showcase will be at The New York Stadium in Rotherham from June 14 through to Saturday June 20.

Magna website

Images: Red Bull Stratos

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