What did you do this morning?
Chances are, it was a little less thrilling than Felix Baumgartner’s morning today. Jumping from the craziest balloon craft at 128,000 feet kind of trumps finishing that full stack of blueberry pancakes at IHOP.
If you happened to miss this incredible human achievement, you can watch it here:
To understand the background of this jump you should also check out the first person to do this jump in 1960 and hold the record for the longest freefall (over 4 minutes)! USAF Col. Joe Kittinger is now in his 80s and was the one in the control center talking him through the whole mission. Col. Kittinger made this jump without the help of all of today’s fancy gadgetry and technology so while Felix jumped from a much higher altitude, I still think Joe has a leg up on him. To learn more about Kittinger’s jump, click here.
Regardless, both are incredibly brave and maybe a touch insane for daring to make such a leap. All the careful planning, the no’s they had to overcome, the fear of even jumping, or worse, the fear of failing…it’s incredible. I have to say I got a little teary as I watched him make that jump. If you watch Felix, he tumbles head over feet it seems like a million times before he reaches an altitude that he can gain more control and get into Delta position. I can only imagine how terrifying that must feel. The fact that he didn’t throw up is achievement enough.
It’s just another little story outside our little world that reminds us that anything is possible.