Skydiver Felix Baumgartner Will Soon Jump from 23 Miles Above Earth

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 28, 2012

Photo Credit: BuzzFeed
Photo Credit: BuzzFeed

Felix Baumgartner will jump out of a specially designed air balloon and plummet to earth from 23 miles up, higher than any human has ever skydived. 

And what have you done with your day?

BuzzFeed has some dramatic photos of Baumgartner and the last man to have leaped high above the earth as if he were merely skipping down the last step of his porch. 

Back in 1960, Jospeh Kittinger jumped from a height of 19.5 miles, and now his protege, Baumgartner, will attempt to pass that record mark by a few miles. 

Here is the remarkable sight that Kittinger took in prior to his leap back to the planet in 1960. 

CNET reports that back in July, Baumgartner had his last practice run, using the air balloon to climb to a height of 97,000 feet before he jumped out and reached speeds of 537 mph. 

Still, there are a couple of downsides to that jump. First, the report issues there was "damage sustained by the capsule during the final practice jump."

Second, Baumgartner claims it's not all it's cracked up to be. 

And in freefall, you don't really realize how fast you are. I was flying at 380 miles an hour, but you don't have any sensational speed at all because you don't have reference points. Nothing is passing by. You don't have noise at that altitude. So it pretty much feels like a normal skydive, which is the sad part of it.

Yes, I am sure the dive back to earth is a real snore. 

On October 8, Baumgartner will attempt to reach his dream mark by breaking the sound barrier, as this video aptly describes. 

The hope is for Baumgartner to reach the 23-mile mark, jump out to hit mach 1 and then land ever so gently onto the New Mexico soil. 

Regardless as to whether he pulls it all off, Baumgartner is already an amazing man in my book. It will take him nearly 2.5 hours to reach his desired altitude, but a fraction of that to return. 

All the while, there are fears pertaining to pressure, flat spins and a myriad of other worries. The dangers of falling and skydiving reach new heights on October 8. 


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