How funny that I haven’t bothered to post since my last “Never Stop Being Amazed” missive. Truth be told, I haven’t felt motivated or inspired to post lately. I was working overnight hours, the quality of my Play With The Prose entries took a massive dive*, and I’ve spent most of the last month preparing to move, moving, and looking for work now that I’m here. So all in all, not much to speak of. But today something has moved me to post again – the Red Bull Stratos Jump.
Felix Baumgartner is going to push the boundaries of physical human accomplishment my skydiving from 120,000 ft (22.7 miles). For reference, that is four times higher than most commercial airlines fly. He hopes to break the sound barrier – not by building a jet plane or space rocket. Simply by going high enough to jump from a place where he can fall fast enough. Baumgartner is willing to put his body, and life, on the line just to further human knowledge just that tiny bit. The answer of the expansion of medical insight and development of any new technology for the flight are great answers to “Why?”, but to me the better answer is “Because we can.”
*I’ll likely do a roundup of rounds 8-16 soon, but I really didn’t write much I care to share again.