History in the Making

October 15, 2012

Hi Everybody!

I’m safely in New York for the break, going to tour some more colleges tomorrow and tuesday. I hope you all have arrived wherever you travelled safely, if you travelled over the weekend.

However, the blog post today isn’t about me, or Gould, or really anything related to either me or Gould directly. But it’s still really cool, I promise!

So, if you haven’t heard (most of you probably have), this guy Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a space capsule at 128,000 feet (24 and a quarter miles above the Earth!), nearly broke the sound barrier, and flew with only a parachute for safety for nine minutes, three seconds. If that isn’t cool, I don’t know what is!

The backstory, however, is what impresses me the most. He came up with this project a while ago, and it got shut down. Just straight up, you can’t do it. However, Felix kept on training. He stuck with it, and finally, this year Red Bull told him he could do it. So they set forth, and they conquered it. It is the highest manned balloon flight EVER, the fastest free fall EVER, the second longest free fall EVER, among other records and notables. Essentially, this is one of the breaking points for private space orientation and exploration, as well as research. It’s another large step for humankind. I really hope that someday I can offer something to this world as great and empowering as what Felix did in just under 3 hours today.

And I watched it, live, while zooming down the highway at sixty-five and a half miles per hour. That’s pretty dang cool! This world is absolutely great, and I am constantly in awe of this cool world.

Without further ado, here is the highlight reel, search up the full video sometime, because it is really cool!

Highlight Reel, Red Bull Stratos

Also, if you want to learn more, check out Redbullstratos.com.

Have a great weekend,

John

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