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Daredevil jumps from the edge of space

By T.K. Randall
October 15, 2012 · Comment icon 46 comments



Image Credit: Red Bull / Youtube
Felix Baumgartner broke several world records as he plunged over 128,000ft at speeds of up to 834mph.
[!gad]The 43-year-old had climbed to the edge of space in a special capsule suspended beneath a helium balloon before jumping out to embark on his world record breaking jump. As he emerged from the capsule with thousands from around the world watching him via a live stream he turned to the camera and said "sometimes you have to go up really high to realise how small you are."

Felix plummeted back down towards the Earth in free fall for over four minutes before opening his parachute and landing safely on the ground. He broke the world record for the highest skydive, the highest manned balloon flight and the fastest freefall.

Things had looked uncertain at a couple of points during the attempt. During the capsule's ascent a heater failed on his faceplate meaning that his visor became fogged up when he breathed out. During his freefall there was also a moment in which he appeared to become unstable but was fortunately able to correct the problem, landing safely back on terra firma a few minutes later.
Daredevil Felix Baumgartner ascended to the edge of space in a pressurised capsule suspended beneath a giant helium balloon. He then jumped out, freefalling for four minutes and 19 seconds before opening his parachute.



Source: Sky News | Comments (46)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #37 Posted by Bling 10 years ago
I notice he say's he's never jumping again, so maybe he didn't enjoy it....it must have been terrifying. My heart does a flip flop when I fall off the kerb.
Comment icon #38 Posted by DONTEATUS 10 years ago
Some day we will have people jump from orbit to the ground ! JMO.
Comment icon #39 Posted by LucidElement 10 years ago
I couldn't even fathom free falling like that. I always thought it may be fun, but I think id pass out lol.. But those camera shots are awesome!
Comment icon #40 Posted by DONTEATUS 10 years ago
It was a great leap of faith into new ideas and a New Way to look at ourselfs ! I would do it in a heart beat !
Comment icon #41 Posted by Zaphod222 10 years ago
Very very cool.
Comment icon #42 Posted by Alex01 10 years ago
I notice he say's he's never jumping again, so maybe he didn't enjoy it....it must have been terrifying. My heart does a flip flop when I fall off the kerb. Imagine tasting the sweetest sugar. Would you feel like returning to the classic one?
Comment icon #43 Posted by mfrmboy 10 years ago
AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!
Comment icon #44 Posted by TwilightSilver 10 years ago
I can only imagine what the world looked like to him at that altitude. I would give anything to see the earth from top down.
Comment icon #45 Posted by Xpeople 10 years ago
I wonder if they try this from the ISS.
Comment icon #46 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 10 years ago
I wonder if they try this from the ISS. Jumping from orbit would be a whole different ball game. Firstly, if you just stepped out of the air lock you wouldn't fall, you just remain in orbit with the ISS, so you would need to take some sort of retro-rocket to slow you down enough so that you dropped out of orbit. The next problem is speed, from orbit you would hit the top of the atmosphere at over 17,000 mph. Lots of thing do this, they are called meteors. So you would also need to take some sort of heat shield other wise you would just burn up. People have suggested jumping from orbit before, ... [More]


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