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Felix Baumgartner Fearless Skydive Breaks Record of Highest and Fastest Jump

 

Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver and the newest talk of the town creates a skydive record for the highest and fastest jump in history. Apparently, Felix Baumgartner jumped from a capsule lifted by helium ballon to an altitude of 128,100 feet high from the ground to achieve his target of surpassing the half century ago record of Joe Kittinger, a former air force pilot who in 1960 set the record for longest skydive of 96,00 feet.

Apparently, Baumgartner, who Sunday freefall was witnessed around the world, jump with no limit for fear, stepped off into the void and plummeted for more than 4 minutes reaching the maximum speed of 833.9 miles per hour or March 1.24. He is the only human to do so without the aid of a supersonic jet or even a space shuttle.

“It was harder than I expected,” said Mr. Baumgartner, a 43-year-old former Austrian paratrooper. “Trust me, when you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble. It’s not about breaking records any more. It’s not about getting scientific data. It’s all about coming home.”

Felix Baumgartner said to the public that he did not only do the skydiving to set a record but he also did it for science, as the jump could also help the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) design for a better spacesuits for all the astronauts.

Baumgartner also managed to gain his control, and with the aid of his team, he became the only man to achieve a supersonic skydive, thus breaking the record of highest free fall without drogue parachute, which measured 119,846 feet and highest exit from a platform at 128,000 feet.

“It’s like swimming without touching the water, and it’s hard because every time it turns you around you have to figure out what to do. So I was sticking my arm out then it became worse,” he said. “I had a lot of pressure in my head. But I didn’t feel like I was passing out. I was still feeling ok, I — I thought, ‘I can handle the situation.’ And I did.”

On the other hands, former record holder Joe Kittinger praised Baumgartner’s courage and strong confidence  to finish the mission and replied  that he had more than broken a record.

“There it is the world is out there,” Kittinger said to Felix as he looked down at Earth below. “Our guardian angel will take care of you.”

“He demonstrated that a man could survive in an extremely high altitude escape situation,” Mr. Kittinger said. “Future astronauts will wear the spacesuit that Felix test-jumped today.”

 

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