So what’s your idea of adventure? The latest roller-coaster at your local amusement park? Maybe you’ve been bungee jumping? Or perhaps you let go while in full flight on the swing-set?
How about a free-fall jump from the stratosphere? Felix Baumgartner of Austria set the world’s record for the highest ever skydive by stepping off the platform of a weather balloon that was 39 kilometers above the earth. It took the 43-year-old Baumgartner about 10 minutes to land in the New Mexico desert breaking the sound barrier in the process reaching a maximum speed of 1340 km/h. The last few thousand feet of the skydive was assisted by a parachute.
“Let me tell you – when I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble. You don’t think about breaking records anymore, you don’t think about gaining scientific data – the only thing that you want is to come back alive.” — Felix Baumgartner