Personally, I find the pictures frightening. I don't believe I could jump.
But he did.
Maybe some day the technology will evolve that will enable stranded astronauts to re-enter the atmosphere and descend safely. In fact, I'm guessing that there probably will be a lifeboat of sorts developed at some point - as long as there is no one like Obama to stand in the way.
The plunge from 71,581 feet was a success. Next up: 120,000 feet.
Daredevil adventurer Felix Baumgartner's plans to plunge 23 miles from the edge of space back to Earth -- a Red Bull-sponsored stunt that would be the world's highest freefall -- and on Thursday, his team announced the completion of a key test flight over Roswell, N.M.
"The height of Felix's test flight was significant, as it was the first time he passed the Armstrong Line of approximately 63,000 feet, where the atmospheric pressure truly tests Felix's custom-made space suit," his team said in a news release.
"I like the challenge. I have a passion for aviation."
- Daredevil adventurer Felix Baumgartner
It may not have reached the level of a space plunge, but what a fall it was. Baumgartner is said to have reached about 365 mph and fell for three minutes and 43 seconds before he opened his parachute at 7,890 feet.
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