The Red Bull Stratos mission carried Felix Baumgartner to an altitude of over 128,000 feet -- more than 24 miles above the earth -- when the daredevil took the plunge into thin air. Despite a minor issue with his visor causing it to fog up unexpectedly, the ascent progressed as planned.
The New Mexico weather even allowed a picture perfect ascent over Roswell.
After the event, it was deduced that Baumgartner traveled in excess of Mach 1.4 (1.4 times the speed of sound) -- or 833 mph. Unfathomable.
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I am in awe of and completely humbled by this amazing accomplishment.
Baumgartner's words - right before the leap - ring true:
"[S]ometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you really are."
This makes me want to go skydiving again! And this time I'd like to go higher than 12,000 feet . . . though not quite 128,000!