March 15, 2013 |
Skydiver Craig Stapleton, 51, is lucky to be alive after his parachutes failed during a jump on Sunday. Stapleton jumped from 8,000 feet, and then his primary and backup parachutes failed. "I thought, 'God hates me,'" Stapleton told ABCNews.com. "I felt like nothing was going right here. I knew I was going to die. I thought, 'If I live through this, I'll have months of rehab.' " Only part of Stapleton's main chute deployed, so he went to his backup. That got tangled in the main chute.
January 8, 2013 |
For days, hundreds of rescuers spanned across nine square miles on a rugged mountain east of Seattle, trudging through dense vegetation while calling Kurt Ruppert's name -- all with the hope of finding the 29-year-old sky diver alive. No response came. Authorities now say Ruppert is presumed dead -- maybe a victim of the sharp cold nights, or some kind of problem during the 6,500-foot fall from the helicopter he jumped out of on Thursday. Ruppert was wearing a special winged suit at the time that allows sky divers to glide long distances before deploying a parachute.
January 5, 2013 |
Authorities in Washington state narrowed their search Saturday for a skydiver who disappeared after jumping from a helicopter above the Cascade Mountains and are hoping to find the 29-year old alive after two days in the rugged terrain. Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office said authorities used cellphone signals and the helicopter's flight pattern to focus on a quarter-square-mile area on Mt Si east of Seattle. The skydiver's cellphone is no longer working, she said.
December 1, 2012 |
MENLO PARK - In just eight years, Facebook signed up more than half the world's Internet population. Now it's going after the rest. Facebook wants to reach every single person on the Internet whether they are logging on from a laptop in Santa Monica, an iPhone in Tokyo or a low-tech phone with a tiny screen in Nairobi. It's parachuting into market after market to take on homegrown social networks by currying favor with the locals and venturing where many people have spotty - if any - access to the Internet.
August 6, 2012 |
About six minutes in to the rover's seven minutes of terror -- the time it took for Curiosity to reach the surface of Mars from the edge of its atmosphere -- the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took a pass over the landing site, the Gale crater. When it did, it took a stunning photo. In it, you can clearly see Curiosity, its parachute deployed, floating toward the surface of the planet. The Odyssey satellite got all the credit Sunday night because it was responsible for relaying signals back to Earth about whether the descent and landing were working correctly.
August 4, 2012 |
With just over 24 hours till the "seven minutes of terror" -- when Mars rover Curiosity makes its unprecedented, hellbent-for-leather descent to the surface of Mars -- the NASA rover team sits and waits. And, perhaps, paces. After a command sent a few days ago, “we literally could do nothing more,” says the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Ashwin Vasavada. That was when the Curiosity team sent a directive zooming through space -- 35 million miles or so -- to Earth's latest ambassador to Mars, telling it to put its plan into action.