People are amazing really, but sometimes they seem completely crazy, and once they do that crazy thing, if they do it right they are heroes and if they fail they are fools to try that. That is our world.
On October 14, 2012, 43-year-old Felix Baumgartner, an Austrian skydiver, jumped to Earth from approximately 126,000 ft (initially, he was only supposed to jump from 116,000 ft). In about a minute, he broke the sound barrier, reaching a top speed of 843.6 mph and became the first person in the world who managed to do that without any vehicular power. Baumgartner was in a free fall for 4 minutes and 19 seconds. In total, it took him 14 minutes to land. By the way, on October 24, 2014 his record was broken by Alan Eustace, Senior Vice President of Knowledge at Google, who jumped from 135,907 ft. But this event wasn’t as spectacular and Eustace used a parachute with a stabilizing drogue.