A man fell a surplus of 24 miles high on Sunday to Earth. He has pushed the bounds of the human capacity and became the first human being to venture beyond and break the sound barrier.
Mr. Baumgartner was taken off by a helium balloon constructed of 40 acres of plastic to a hiehgt of 128 100 feet. He jumped down to earth attaining a maximum velocity of
833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24.
Felix Baumgartner is from Austria and has passion for thrill and adventure. He is also known for breaking other altitude and speed records. There were hesitancies to put the project to a halt due to his faceplate fogging up during the ascent, however the persistant daredevil insisted on going through. During the ascent he conversed with former fighter pilot, Mr. Kittinger. Finally Mr. Kittinger spoke words of protection and encouragement to him, “All right, step up on the exterior step. Start the cameras. And our guardian angel will take care of you now.”
Mr. Baumgartner's heart must have been pacing and the pressure to perform was present as he stated:
“I know the whole world is watching, and I wish the whole world could see what I see. Sometimes you have to go up really high to understand how small you really are.”
Not only were social pressure there to perform well but the pressure on the body was a very real and present concern:
“At a certain R.P.M., there’s only one way for blood to leave your body, and that’s through your eyeballs. That means you’re dead. That was what we feared most.”
“As a sky-diver, you can feel the air on your right shoulder and you immediately know what to do,” he said. “Here you don’t feel the air, so you have to wait until the air pushes you around. Then you think, ‘Oh, it pushed me around clockwise — that means I have to do this.’ ”(NYTimes)
Luckily, the daredevil broke the record successfully with all eyes watching.