Breaking Records and the Sound Barrier
No one has yet broken the record for the highest skydive since 1960 when Joseph Kittinger space-dove from 102,800 feet. Kittinger did not seem to consider himself to be a daredevil in any way, but rather made his jumps for the sake of knowledge.
Now, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner, will be attempting to beat the height by a few miles with the blessings of Mr. Kittinger himself. The title of my earlier post on Kittenger, “Utterly Alone“, doesn’t seem to work very well when applied to Baumgartner’s record breaking attempt even though his jump will provide useful data for NASA and other private space flight companies. It’s sponsored by Red Bull and will be publicized. It’s essentially being done by private companies while Kittenger’s flight was sponsored by the government.