An article in Popular Science ponders the possibility of space diving — jumping from a craft sixty miles above the earth, and plummeting earthward for several minutes in a specially designed suit, finally parachuting safely to the ground. Researchers working on the idea believe that, with the right equipment, it would be possible for an astronaut to safely dive from full orbit, 150 miles up. Such a plunge would “essentially turn their divers into human meteorites.”
One of those working on this project, Jonathan Clark, has a very personal interest in this idea: his wife Laurel died in the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia in 2003.
Never mind the cost of getting up there in the first place — what would this hobby do to your life insurance rates?