Space Jump by Agatha Tesmer

1 Dec

On Sunday October 14th, 2012, Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian adrenaline junkie, broke the world record of the highest free fall jump. Millions of Americans observed as this twenty-three mile free fall opened new doors for science. Felix free fell for over four minutes wearing only a high tech space suit and a helmet. He reached a speed of over seven hundred miles per hour, breaking the sound barrier.

Earlier that Sunday morning, Felix was lifted off earth by a massive helium filled balloon with walls ten times thinner than an average zip-lock bag. It took about two hours for the balloon to reach the edge of space (twenty three miles above Earth’s surface). Ironically, sitting in the small can that would lift Felix proved his biggest fear due to his claustrophobia. After the two hours, news channels broadcasted live the moments right before his ludicrous jump. The free fall down lasted about four minutes until Felix incredibly landed on his feet in New Mexico with cheers from around the World. He became the first man to reach the speed of sound without aircraft protection.

Despite being an experienced sky diver, Felix trained for just this jump for over five years. He even met with psychologists who helped him deal with his extreme claustrophobia. The pressure regulated suit space suit, which essentially saved his life, helped him withstand the quick atmospheric changes. But despite all these precautions, Felix encountered a slight problem. During his decent, once he hit air, he began to spin and tumble miles over the Earth’s surface. Everyone feared he would fail to regain control but, thanks to his five years of training and experience, Felix regained control shortly. Currently, America mocks that such an incredible achievement for science was proved possible by the energy drink company, Red Bull, while NASA places their air shuttles in museums. None the less, one man’s bravery and a hundred men’s time and skill opened new doors to our advancing world of science and technology. At this point, the possibilities truly are endless.


7 Responses to “Space Jump by Agatha Tesmer”

  1. Troy Stechmann December 2, 2012 at 12:53 am #

    I enjoyed reading your article and only found one mistake which was “The pressure regulated suit space suit,” it should probably be “The pressure regulated space suit”. But other than that a nicely written article that explains a current event.

  2. Patrick Letrondo December 2, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    I was one of those people who dismissed the stunt because it was endorsed (is that the right word?) but Red Bull, but by accounting for all the details (even his blunder most people would want to overlook) you made it really interesting. Makes you wonder what’s next for Felix.

  3. Jamie Meier December 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    I really enjoyed reading your article. You made it interesting and drew me in right away. I like how you included all the details about the journey of his jump and how you recommended him for his bravery. Very well written.

  4. Tanner Jones December 3, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    You caught my attention right away, interesting topic. I would have liked to know more about the “slight problem”. More detail in this section would be interesting. I think you picked a good current event to cover.

  5. israel bolanos December 3, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    i really enjoyed the article because not many people dare to try new things like felix. it motivated me to try new things in life that will bring great memories for my life. now felix has an extraordinary story to tell his future audience.

  6. Sydney Hubbard December 3, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    Your story really stuck out to me, especially the title. I thought it was interesthing that he actually landed on his feet in New Mexico.

  7. Andrew Miller December 3, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    This was a very good essay and i really enjoyed reading it. keep up the good work. I am looking forward to reading more of your work

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