“Fearless Felix” Baumgartner is no stranger to extreme skydiving and he proved that point once again on Wednesday morning when he jumped from 96,650 feet or 18 miles above our giant rock. To put that height into perspective, he was three times higher than cruising jetliners.
Like some type of freakish alien decent the extreme skydiver landed just outside of Roswell, New Mexico. The jump was the second successful test for Baumgartner on his way to jumping from 125,000 feet, or 23 miles in just one months time.
During his record-breaking jump Felix hopes to go supersonic using just his body.
Should the record attempt to successful it would destroy a record set in 1960 by Air Force enlistee Joe Kittinger who jumped from 102,800 feet, approximately 19.5 miles above the ground. During Wednesday’s jump Kittinger sat in Mission Control in Roswell, watching as his fellow daredevil skydiver dove towards the ground at break neck speeds.
In March we reported that the Austalian daredevil had jumped from 13 miles above Earth, to reach that height he was lifted inside a giant helium balloon which also took off from Roswell, NM.
As you’ll notice in the photograph above, Ferless Felix must wear a specialized full-pressure suit which is equipped with parachutes and an oxygen supply because there is almost no atmosphere when climbing more than 90,000 feet above our planet.
With a successful attempt on Wednesday we will now wait to see if the 52-year-old record can be swept under the rug.
Could you jump from more than 10 miles above the ground and feel confident about your chances of surviving?