A terrific example of the balance between awesome and insane

Why hasn’t this gotten more press?  This is really incredible (and totally insane) and I can’t figure out why a kid in a weather balloon gets 24×7 and this doesn’t seem to be on anyone’s radar.  Have a look at the blurb and the video posted to YouTube:

“The mission, Red Bull Stratos, will take renowned athlete Felix Baumgartner to at least 120,000 feet above the earth, to the very edge of Space.

From there, he will attempt a stratospheric free fall jump – the longest in the history of man – and hopefully will become the first human to break the speed of sound with his own body.

This is a mission to overcome limits which have existed for almost fifty years, ever since the heroic achievement of the young US Air Force test pilot, Joe Kittinger, with his 1960 Excelsior mission.

Red Bull Stratos will attempt to make history and deliver valuable learnings for medical and scientific advancement that will aid the exploration of space in future years.

For more information, visit http://www.redbullstratos.com/


4 thoughts on “A terrific example of the balance between awesome and insane

  1. Records are meant to be broken. In fact, that’s really why people keep records in the first place – in my opinion. They are a taunt and a warning to others that something of material significance occurred and all contenders are welcome.

  2. I saw something about this a couple months ago… they were interviewing him and he said they weren’t 100% sure his suit wasn’t going to get ripped off his body.

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