BTS 006: The Man Who Skydived From Space

BTS 006: The Man Who Skydived From Space

Think you have balls of steels? Had too many cans of red bull? Maybe bungee jumping can help relive that need for adrenaline, or maybe skydiving?

For Felix "daredevil" Baumgartner, if it is worth doing, it is worth over doing!

And on 14 October 2012, that's exactly what daredevil Felix did - jumping 39km towards his home planet. During his free fall that lasted 4 minutes and 19 seconds, he became the first man to break the sound barrier without vehicular power.

To be exact, he went at a speed of Mach 1.25 (1,357.64km/h).

A picture of a fighter jet just before it hits Mach 1. / Photo Credit: U.S. Navy via Wikipedia

A picture of a fighter jet just before it hits Mach 1. / Photo Credit: U.S. Navy via Wikipedia

You can head to the Red Bull Stratos website to learn more about the history making attempt, but if you asked the same question I did, which was what motivated Felix to make such an ambitious attempt. He gives a fairly straightforward answer which I summed up into 2 words,  "Why not?"

Now you may be wondering, is there anyone crazier? There is! On 24 October 2014, the man, Alan Eustace stepped up to the plate in to literally top Felix Baumgartner, breaking Felix's skydiving record of 39km by 3km! (He was also 57 when he did the jump!)


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