Free Falling by Colin Boppell

1 Dec
This morning, Felix Baumgartner fell from a height of 128,100 feet. This task from Red Bull Stratos ended up breaking three world records. Felix broke the records for highest freefall, the fastest freefall, and the highest balloon flight carrying a man. The total freefall time was approximately 4 minutes and 20 seconds. It took Felix about two and a half hours just to ascend to his final height of 128 thousand feet.
            Felix Baumgartner, from Austria, is a well-known daredevil and base jumper. However, this mission proved more difficult than any other in his career. There were so many factors that could have gone wrong and potentially killed Baumgartner, but Felix kept his nerves throughout the entire process, and he executed it with perfect precision. Not only did Felix accomplish all of these feats, but he accomplished one more. Felix Baumgartner became the first human being to ever break the sound barrier while free falling. At over 1,000 meters per second, Felix traveled faster than sound itself.
            Moments before Baumgartner jumped off the capsule platform, he said pensively, “The whole world is watching now… Sometimes you have to get up really high to see how small you are.” This man looked fear straight in there eye and continued onward. He inspires so many people to face their fears, or even just live to life to the fullest. Felix Baumgartner has has accomplished many insane, adventurous tasks in his life, and today, he did something which had before never been done.
            In addition, this act was not only for Felix’s own benefit, but also for the benefit of future lives and science programs. While performing this jump, he helped science collect data for future bail out procedures in airplanes and space shuttles. In this manner, Felix Baumgartner identified himself today as a true hero.

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