If you are afraid of heights, this death defying blog post may be a bit difficult to get through. After seven years of planning, engineering, and countless dangerous simulations, Felix Baumgartner took the ultimate jump off the edge of – wait for it – the Earth’s stratosphere! That is 127,000 feet high in the air. Just imagine the Emipre State Building stacked on top of itself 80 times. Then jump off that. Just yesterday Felix successfully free fell for 24 miles as millions watched him live through the eyes of the Internet – they marveled at the wonder of the longest four minutes and twenty seconds of their lives.
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Felix Baumgartner ascended 127,000 feet in a stratospheric balloon and made a freefall jump rushing toward earth at supersonic speeds before safely parachuting to the ground. There’s no way Felix could have done this alone, he had quite the team. The Red Bull Stratos team consists of the world’s leading minds in aerospace medicine, engineering, pressure suit development, capsule creation and balloon fabrication. Most notably, one team member, retired United States Air Force Colonel Joseph Kittinger, helped Felix successfully break Kittinger’s freefall records.
Felix Baumgartner hit 833.9 mph and became the first person to reach supersonic speed without traveling in a jet or being strapped to a massive rocket.
“When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data,” Baumgartner said after the jump. “The only thing you want is to come back alive.”
The event was aired on more than 40 television stations in over 50 countries. YouTube officials said Felix’s historic jump drew more than 8 million simultaneous views to a YouTube live stream. That, is impressive and worth chatting about at the water cooler.
Now, I have personally jumped out of a plane at about 12,000 feet – it was primarily rooted in a dare, but Felix was born an adrenaline junkie and jumped ten times higher than me for the sheer fun of it. Kudos, Felix. We all vicariously fell with you (and I looked like a pro) for four minutes and twenty seconds as you broke the speed of sound, a true moment in history.
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