It really wasn't long ago when it required six days to bake a potato and just taking any kind of winged flight was something special. Now a man can skydive from 128,000 feet above the Earth and pretty soon Wal-Mart will stock space flight suits next to the wicker outdoor furniture.

Car Fox, the cunning Canidae who likes to pretend he's as good as Carfax, decided to follow skydiver Felix Baumgartner's lead. Taking off from Lima, Montana, the stuffed mascot made it to 88,436 feet before the gas-filled bubble burst and he returned to Hamer, Idaho, 50 miles away.

What's the point of sending a stuffed animal 17 miles into the stratosphere? Because it only takes a few guys in a parking lot in Montana and some GoPros to do it. The result of their work is in the video below.



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      Feurig
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish CarFox would just stay in space and never come back.
      EB110Americana
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was a publicity stunt, but a damn cool one. Interesting backyard experiments indulging curiosity beat out annoying commercials any day of the week.
      Marcel
      • 2 Years Ago
      orbit? are you sure?
      Phillip
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what happens if you get bopped in the head by stuffed fox falling from 128,000 ft? I bet I could free cars for life
        johnnythemoney
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Phillip
        If you look at the final steps of the video, it wasn't going that fast. I guess it wasn't really as heavy as it looked like and its squared shape (the box) didn't help to produce any decent speed.
          KG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @johnnythemoney
          The ratio of weight vs. drag area is highly relevant to the free fall terminal velocity of a projectile in an atmosphere. Next time, at least try taking physics 102 before you deem to lecture us.
          Car Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @johnnythemoney
          Weight is irrelevant in the free fall speed of a projectile. -- physics 101
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Phillip
        I presume the balloon is still attached, even though it popped. That would act as a parachute, limiting the speed at which it would fall.
      joseph.banana
      • 2 Years Ago
      the song is Circling by Four Tet
      paulwilson05
      • 2 Years Ago
      How come it doesn't burn coming down?
        William Miller
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwilson05
        it's too light..
        Dark Gnat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwilson05
        Not traveling fast enough. The reason the Space shuttles, etc need head shields is because they are re-entering from orbit. In order to stay in orbit, you must be traveling around 17,000 miles per hour. When re-entering, the craft is still traveling at that speed resulting in friction and air compression, which causes heat to build up. This little guy was traveling around 150 miles per hour (rough guess), so it was no where near fast enough.
      gary
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't stand carfax, but this is pretty cool.
      George of the Garage
      • 2 Years Ago
      What is the name of the song in the beginning?
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