|Felix Baumgartner exiting his balloon to begin his descent|
October 14, 2012
CORRECTED ON 10/16/2012 WITH THANKS TO ERIC LANE WHO SPOTTED THE ERROR (I HAD READ THE NEWSPAPER WRONG AND THOUGHT THAT HIS VELOCITY WAS 833.9 FEET PER SECOND, NOT MILES PER HOUR. HIS COMMENT IS ATTACHED.)
Twenty four miles (128,100 feet) above Earth, a man encapsulated in a suit much like the astronauts wore on the Moon stepped out of his capsule to begin a death-defying plunge. Whether you approve or not, it's difficult not to admire the courage, imagination, and training that leads up to such a feat!