The Best Places to BASE Jump in the Solar System  

Michael Graff
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List Rules Vote up the places around our solar system that would make for some totally epic BASE jumping.

BASE jumping is so extreme it's illegal in many parts of the world. There's no doubles or miles of wind drag like with sky diving. In BASE jumping, there's nothing but you and the parachute jumping off whatever surface you can find. For some thrill seekers, there's nothing better. 

For the final frontier thrill seekers, why not take an extreme, dangerous sport and make it even more extreme and dangerous by BASE jumping in space? No little caves or 10-story buildings on this list. What mountains in the solar system or cliffs on other planets could provide an epic BASE jumping opportunity? If you're looking for BASE jumping in space, check out our picks for the Best Places to BASE Jump  in the Solar System. Time to get extreme, brah. 

Verona Rupes, the 33,000 Foot Cliff at the Fringes of the Solar System
Verona Rupes, the 33,000 Foot ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Places to BASE Jump in the Solar System
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Verona Rupes is a cliff jutting from the surface of Miranda, a moon of Uranus. The straight vertical of the cliff has been estimated at 10 kilometers tall, or about 33,000 feet, making it the highest cliff and most spectacular BASE jumping opportunity in the Solar System. Don't expect the wind rushing through your hair, though. The atmosphere and relatively low gravity of Miranda mean it would take eight minutes to reach bottom, at a leisurely 90 miles per hour, compared to the 150 to 180-mph average skydiving terminal velocity on Earth.

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Boösaule Montes, the Mountain with a 50,000 Foot Drop Off
Boösaule Montes, the Mountain ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Places to BASE Jump in the Solar System
Photo: NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory / USGS/

Boösaule Montes, a cluster of three mountains on Io, one of Jupiter's moons, contains the fifth tallest mountain in the solar system. The tallest, southernmost of these mountains, known as South, is nearly 11 miles tall. The south-east side of South has a steep cliff that drops off for 15 kilometers, or about 50,000 feet. Sounds like a wicked gnarly spot for some BASE jumping. 

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Herschel Crater, a 33,000-Foot-Deep Depression
Herschel Crater, a 33,000-Foot... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Places to BASE Jump in the Solar System
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Mimas, a moon of Saturn, looks suspiciously like the Death Star, and is home to Herschel Crater. There are some epic BASE jumps to be had here. You can jump from the five-kilometer-high (16,400 foot) walls of the crater, or you could leap from the central peak of eight kilometers (26,000 feet) and try to fall into one of the 10 kilometer-deep (33,000 feet) depressions in the crater. Think of it as a Death Star trench run, but don't be a TIE Fighter. 

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Olympus Mons, the 72,000 Foot Tall Volcano
Olympus Mons, the 72,000 Foot ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Places to BASE Jump in the Solar System
Photo: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Arizona State University/JMARS

Olympus Mons is the tallest known mountain in the solar system and the largest volcano on Mars. It stands approximately 22 kilometers (72,000 feet) tall and has an average width of 550 km (1.8 million feet). Because of the size of the planet relative to the size and shape of the volcano, most of Olympus Mons is far too gently sloped for BASE jumping. However, there is an escarpment on the edge of the volcano that's six kilometers (20,000 feet) high. So you'd be jumping off a volcano that's about as wide as South Dakota. Bonsai!

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