10-16-2012, 10:55 AM
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You may or may not have been watching with interest as Felix Baumgartner made world history last Sunday. In a mission sponsored by Red Bull, Felix broke the world record for the highest manned balloon flight reaching a height of 128,000 feet, over 24 miles. He didn't top there though, no, after reaching that height he jumped and broke the record for highest freefall though was nearly a minute off from breaking the record for longest freefall. The big news was his speed. Preliminary reports indicate he reached a maximum speed of 833.9 mph (1342 kph) during his 9 minute descent back to Earth, and if this number is true, then he would have been the first man to break the sound barrier using only his body.

The jump
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You can read all about it and watch the footage at the Red Bull Stratos website

Since I am in New Mexico, and only an hour and a half north of Roswell where the event took place, I curiously looked out my front door (which faces South) wondering if I could see anything. Lo and behold, waaaaaaayyy off in the distance, there it was. A white speck high in the sky that was the 55 story Helium balloon Felix jumped out of.

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Zoomed in as best as my tablet could
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While the pictures may not be fantastic, I was thrilled to be so close to such an awesome event!

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 10-16-2012, 11:08 AM
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I saw that Anthony. Totally amazing especially when he was spinning out of control but recovered and landed perfectly.
Thanks for sharing.

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 10-16-2012, 12:28 PM
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If some good for humans can come out of this then it is even more spectacular than the jump itself (and heaven knows, that was spectacular all on its own). That he did all that and landed so absolutely perfectly was truly amazing.

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 10-16-2012, 12:38 PM
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I had been reading about the background history and all the preparation, design, and training, in the Red Bull throwaway magazine, on the mailing list for which I somehow had gotten, and to me it was just as interesting as the jump itself.

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 10-16-2012, 01:32 PM
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I wonder what goes through ones mind just before he jumps from 24 miles up.

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 10-16-2012, 01:45 PM
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(10-16-2012, 01:32 PM)Johnny Wrote: I wonder what goes through ones mind just before he jumps from 24 miles up.

I don't know but the guy HAD to have butterflies in his stomach!

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 10-16-2012, 01:46 PM
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He had butterflies on the trip up, he had balls to take the trip down.

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 10-16-2012, 01:47 PM
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(10-16-2012, 01:46 PM)Johnny Wrote: He had butterflies on the trip up, he had balls to take the trip down.

Laughing1 Touché, my friend!

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 10-16-2012, 07:52 PM
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(10-16-2012, 01:32 PM)Johnny Wrote: I wonder what goes through ones mind just before he jumps from 24 miles up.

Hee hee! You were a comedian in your former life, right? Hee hee.

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