JUMPING INTO THE JET STREAM

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Marc Hauser is a professional skydiver, motivational speaker, and entrepreneur from Bern. His latest goal is to launch himself out of a hot air balloon – sans wingsuit – into the jet stream, while filmmaker Claudio von Planta captures the action for a documentary. As he explains to Ana Maria Montero on this week’s Tech Talk, he’s doing it all in the name of science.
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