Although I didn’t actually watch Felix Baumgartner make the jump from 24 miles above Earth’s atmosphere, I certainly read about the it and was pretty pumped that he made it.
Yeah, yeah, I know that he would have made it down regardless but you know what I mean 😉
Turns out it took the guy over 9 minutes to make it back to Earth’s surface. He was in free fall for about half of that time. Skydivers tend to free fall for only about a minute before releasing their chutes. It takes them maybe five minutes to land. Then again they only go up to about 15,000 feet or so I think.
Felix was at 128,100 feet up. And the guy broke the sound barrier.
It’s strange that I talk all the time about wanting to go up in the space shuttle. I have always wanted to see what space looks like. Not in pictures and not in a movie, but to see it with my own two eyes. When the movie Contact came out, I said I would have volunteered to be the first person to use the machine. And yet I refuse to even entertain the thought of skydiving. Have zero interest in jumping out of a plane. Not even one ounce. Maybe I would chicken out if I was really offered the chance to go into space, eh? 😉
Here’s my question to you: would you do something like he did? Have you done something that other people think is dangerous or crazy (bungee jump, extreme sports, etc). I’d love to hear from you!