26 Dec 2012 20:59
Earlier this year Kevin Watanabe’s 4th grade class in Denver, CO got a special visit from Dr. Jonathan Clark, medical director for Red Bull Stratos. The kids no doubt had many questions for the team, especially Col. Joe Kittinger. Luckily for us, Joe had answers for all of them.
Question from Jenna B: “Do you feel like you have a different connection with Felix and are you mad he wants to break your record?”
Col. Joe Kittinger: “No, I’m not mad because I feel that records are made to be broken and valuable research will result in these jumps from space… Yes, I have a connection with Felix because I was close to the altitude that Felix will be jumping from. I know all the emotions that will be going through his mind.”
Question from Caleb: “Do you think Felix is ready and are you worried?”
Col. Joe Kittinger: "Yes, Felix is ready and no, I’m not worried because Felix is a professional athlete and an experienced skydiver. He is going to a very hostile environment to obtain needed research.“
Question from Grant: "Do you feel a little jealous?”
Col. Joe Kittinger: "I’m not jealous because I feel that records are made to be broken. Felix’s jump will provide needed research on escape from near space. Felix will also be testing the next generation pressure suit for astronauts and aviators.“
Thanks to all the students who followed the Red Bull Stratos mission!
Tags: Twain Elementary School, Red Bull Stratos, Joe Kittinger, Dr. Jon Clark