How Real Men Skydive

The moment of the jump by FELIX BAUMGARTNER

The moment of the jump by FELIX BAUMGARTNER (Photo credit: matthewwu88)

Earlier today, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner jumped from a capsule floating more than 24 miles above the Earth and lived to tell about it.

Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier under his own power and free fell at speeds as high as Mach 1.24 (834 mph). The previous record holder, 84-year-old Joe Kittinger, helped guide Baumgartner from mission control.

I watched the Discovery Channel’s live coverage of the jump earlier and must admit it was quite suspenseful, at least during the ascent. Granted, there were silent moments that showed nothing but the eggheads in the control room, but it was generally entertaining.

Once Baumgartner jumped, though, the excitement for viewers ended in roughly four minutes. I’m sure the excitement he’s feeling will last a whole lot longer.

Posted on October 15, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. now that is seriously cool that man has my full respect thank you for sharing have a great day tc

  2. Reblogged this on kizzylee and commented:
    this is one proper bloke , top man

  3. An amazing feat, to be sure. I really felt for his mom who was watching….can only imagine how her heart must have been pounding. Really glad for everyone’s sake that he pulled it off successfully!

  4. You know, I watch this and it freaked me before he jumped. He has some major balls.

    • It freaked me out a little too, Rebecca. I kept expecting something to go wrong for some reason. Glad Felix made it safe and sound 🙂

  5. (hey why don’t you have a blogroll?)

    • Not sure. Think I just got distracted by all the writing. May have to look into it…

      Always a pleasure to hear from you, Rebecca 🙂

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