Skydiving is a thrilling sport and to some, it’s the adrenaline rush that they need. However, as is with all the sports; technology is helping skydivers film their experiences and to re-live the moments with the latest HD cameras.
Recently a skydiver, by accident, was able to film the meteorite that was in its dark flight stage. For those of you who are wondering what that is; it is the phase when the meteorite has entered earth’s atmosphere and is no longer traveling at an angle but falling straight down. Up till now there was no footage of any meteorite in its dark flight stage.
The footage was captured back in 2012 via helmet camera which was worn by Anders Helstrup while he along with a team from the Oslo Parachute Club skydived from a plane that took off from an airport in Hedmark, Norway. According to Mr. Anders statement to the Norwegian Government-owned Media; ‘I got the feeling that there was something, but I didn’t register what was happening.’
He took the video to the Natural History Museum in Oslo and the expert team with the museum was convinced with the contents of the video and Geologist Hans Ammundsen said; ‘It can’t be anything else. The shape is typical of meteorites — a fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded.’ He further added; ‘It has never happened before that a meteorite has been filmed during dark flight; this is the first time in world history.’ His estimate for the speed of meteorite is somewhere around 200 mph.
Anders even sent a mail to the Huffington Post where he stated; ‘I can guarantee you the story and footage is real, recorded just as it happened. I am aware that April 1 was 3 days ago, but this has nothing to do with that.’ He further said; ‘The story is just as amazing to me as it is to most others that are trying to get their head around it. I have tried to convince myself of every other possible explanation, but I can’t seem to make myself believe it’s something other than a significantly large object.’
Sure, having a specimen would help but sadly Anders and his team has none and hasn’t been able to find one either. They have put up a website now and say; ‘Now nerds and creative people from all over the world can have a go.’
Check out the youtube video below: