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Fall from space

Did you watch that? It was insane. On You Tube 7.1m people watched Felix Baumgartner jump 24.2 miles from space, free-falling at over 700 mph for 4 minutes and 22 seconds and then with his parachute activated he floated to a landing in the New Mexico desert. The whole thing took 10 minutes.

It was incredible viewing, watching a man sit on a window ledge 128,000 feet in the sky with a view of the planet and then jump and spin through space at quicker than the speed of sound. Blokes a legend.

It was also a lovely moment that the man guiding him down was 84-year old Joe Kittinger, an incredible human being who was the previous holder of the world’s longest skydive, carried out in 1960, which again poses the question of what has happened to the world’s hunger for space exploration? Kittenger in fact retained the longest freefall record by 14 seconds as Baumgartner pulled his chord a bit quicker than was expected, but who can blame him?

I sky dived 6 years ago and spent 8,000 feet in freefall. It seemed like years, but it was 40 seconds.

Red Bull and Felix today gave this century it’s very own first man on the moon moment. Red Bull might give you wings but when are they going to start doing missions to Mars?

“Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are.” – Felix Baumgartner

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  1. That’s nothing. When I was about ten we used to jump from a second floor window all the way to the ground with no parachute.

    On a more serious note it was amazing. There is little, justifiable, reason to do what he did, but it was compulsive watching.

    I agree with your suggestion that this was our 1969. Quite surreal!

    October 14, 2012

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