Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Daredevil or Just Crazy? You Decide...

I'm not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, I think you have to be stark raving mad to attempt this. On the other hand, it's thrilling to challenge the limits of human endurance in order to accomplish something that's never been done before!

"After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. Felix reached a maximum of speed of 1,342.8 km/h (833mph) through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:20 minute long freefall. The 43-year-old Austrian skydiving expert also broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the one for the longest freefall to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger."

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