Into It http://kmuw.org en Into It: The Rise of the Roller Coaster http://kmuw.org/post/it-rise-roller-coaster <p></p><p><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span dir="ltr"><font face="Tahoma" size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="2"><span style="font-size:16px;">Roller coasters are the workhorse of the modern theme park, but their rise to popularity has been long and strange.</span></font></span></font></span></span></font></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Andrew Bales 20401 at http://kmuw.org Into It: The Rise of the Roller Coaster Into It: Space Dives http://kmuw.org/post/it-space-dives <p>A year before cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth, American Joe Kittenger took a lift below a two-hundred-foot helium balloon. The ride took an hour and a half in a tiny open-air basket that took him 102,000 feet above New Mexico.</p><p>When he jumped from nineteen miles up, the free-fall lasted four and half minutes. Kittenger's space dive began a long and costly race. After Russian Eugene Andreyev set an official free-fall record, an American Nick Piantanida spent the mid-sixties trying to bring the record back to the United States.</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 14:04:34 +0000 Andrew Bales 10643 at http://kmuw.org Into It: Space Dives