To anyone who hasn’t seen Felix Baumgartner’s free-fall world record, here’s a video for you:
For those who aren’t aware, this is a video of Mr Baumgartner leaping from a very great height indeed as a world record attempt for highest and fastest free-fall. Kudos to him for doing something this epic. I certainly wouldn’t. Someone would have to go up there with me and throw me out of the capsule, because there’s no way I’d willingly jump from such a height.
I would love to see him attempt this again, only rather than aiming for the highest and fastest free-fall, he should go for the longest, which he so narrowly missed this time around. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the live stream of that one; I’m gutted that I had to watch a recorded version of this one. I love stuff like this.
However, the thing this makes me think about most is to what extremes the next person to break the height record will go to. I mean this was high, but there’s still some way to go before you reach the edge of the atmosphere and achieve orbit. Obviously no-one will be attempting a free-fall from orbit anytime soon, but how close can someone get? And who would be crazy enough to do such a thing?
I doubt it’ll happen anytime soon, but it’s nice to wonder. For now though, let’s sit back and enjoy this perfect demonstration of the rather amazing (although pointless) things humans are capable of doing.