Skydiving Astronaut

Felix Baumgartner overlooking the Earth. Felix Baumgartner rides a helium balloon to an altitude of almost 23 miles before parachuting back to earth.

Man plans to return from space without a spaceship?

I’ve been posting stories about adventurers (argonauts or in this case an astronaut) for about 13 years, despite many people saying there is nothing left to explore.

The Austrian daredevil jumped out of his balloon at 39 kilometers (24 miles), and reaching an estimated speed of 1,342 KPH (834 mph), or Mach 1.24, becoming the first person to break the sound barrier without a vehicle. Wow!

Felix said: “There was a time I really thought I was in trouble. I had to decide to fight all the way down and I finally got stable. That spin became so violent it was hard to know how to get out of it. I was able to get it under control and break the speed of sound. I could feel myself break the speed of sound. I could feel the air building up and then I hit it.”

In the world of adventure, there aren’t many new frontiers. But enough words, instead watch this amazing video! Or read about the logistics of the spacesuit and capsule on BBC.

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