Will He Splat or Live to Tell the Tale?
This remains to be seen but in just over an Hour from now Felix Baumgartner will Attempt to break Colonel Joe Kittingers Record for Free Falling from the Stratosphere. It's a potentially proud moment in the History of Human Species as Felix will be jumping from the "Edge Of Space" beginning his Free Fall Descent at about 115,000 Feet or 23 Miles Above.
This will be Attempt Number 2 for the Dare Devil from Austria as the first Attempt this past Thursday had to be Aborted at the very last moment due to Gusty Winds.
The Next possible Window this Morning will begin at about 9:00AM PST as he will start making his Ascent to the Stratosphere via his Launch Capsule which will be attached to a Custom Built High Altitude Hot Air Balloon which is about 55 Stories High and 10 times the Size of the current Record Holders Balloon, Colonel Joe Kittinger back in 1960.
Although Felix Baumgartner will be Protected by a Space Suit with an Oxygen Tank and will have a Parachute on him the chances of being able to Land safely are slim to none even with all the Precautions his Launch Team makes. When you think about completing such a feat you can't worry about the what ifs, and just do it as he will be doing.
This day will forever be marked in History Books of the near future and inspire Tomorrows Youth to Shoot for the Stars. Considering NASA's Shuttle Program has been Retired this is the next best thing for those wishing to Accomplish the Impossible.
From one Dreamer to another I wish you the best of Luck Felix Baumgartner and may those Huge Stones you have bring you safely back to Earth.
Anyone wishing to Watch this Live Event can do so by going to the Official Red Bull Stratos Mission Website which has Digital Gauges on the right hand side of the page allowing you to see his Current Altitude and Wind Speed etc.
I've also embedded the Live Feed via Youtube into my own Website Page and included a Chat if anyone would like to Converse with other Locals about the Jump while watching it Live. Chat is Moderated and Spammers Neutralized.
Or Simply Click the Video Attached to this Post. Which ever you are comfortable with. I'm all about Options!