Remember that eye-popping space diving scene in Star Trek?

Felix Baumgartner intends to freefall from the edge of space for real, succeeding so far in his incremental approaches to that goal.

...Baumgartner stepped out of his capsule and fell at speeds in excess of 500 miles per hour in the first 25 seconds.

Baumgartner’s jump doesn’t even get him close to the edge of space — not even the August jump from 120,000 feet will be close — as space doesn’t officially begin until 62 miles (328,000 feet).

The record free fall is US Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger’s 102,800-foot free fall in 1960.

Fearless Felix hopes to break that record in August.

Felix Baumgartner Completes Freefall From 18 Miles

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Sounds like the ultimate rush. Don't think I could do it myself. Would like a ride in the "Vomit Comet" though.

I get goosebumps just thinking about Baumgartner's jump, and more so as I read his comment about his experience. I wonder what kind of training prepared him for this? 


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