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Flying through Space

Topic: Forces and magnets

Austrian Felix Baumgartner has become the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound, reaching a maximum velocity of 833.9mph (1,342km/h). He jumped out of a balloon 24 miles (39km) above sea level, above New Mexico. He also smashed the record for the highest ever freefall.
There was concern early in the dive that Baumgartner was in trouble. He was supposed to get himself into a delta position (head down, arms swept back) - as soon as possible after leaving his capsule. But the video showed him tumbling over and over. Eventually, however, he was able to use his great experience, from more than 2,500 career dives, to correct his fall and get into a stable configuration.

In this activity children will construct paper aeroplanes to explore air resistance. They will make a prediction, experiment and form a conclusion.

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