In a lifetime there are those moments that you never forget where you were when it happened. Watching Felix Baaumgartner step from his tiny capsule to commence his supersonic freefall from (aprox) 39 Kilometres above our planet is one such moment.
I’ve watched and re-watched the video below and each time my stomach lurches when Felix takes that step. My mind boggles as I watch him tumbling out of control for what seems like an age and my eyes fill with tears of joy as I see him (and his support team) celebrating a (seemingly) perfect landing.
For some reason, I felt slightly strange that there were no NASA insignia in sight and I confess to being indifferent to the logos that were visible… however, I’m so pleased that there are still adventurers in this world and, that there are still adventures on and out of it that they haven’t yet had. It is endeavours like these that are the very stuff of legends and we were there to verify that it was human endeavour, not superstition, that made them a fact of life!
Felix and crew, I thank you for giving us this positive image that will stay with us forever. To the next Felix, you are the very essence of what makes Humankind different from other species, long may you last!