Normal skydiving is a pretty frightening, courageous, extreme activity. Doing it from 71,000 feet — or over 13 miles up? That’s another animal entirely.
Austrian Felix Baumgartner (who we’ve met before) did just that, riding up into near-space on an inflatable connection to the ground.
And this was only a test jump. He’s more than halfway to his final goal of plunging from 120,000 feet — which would be the world record for the longest skydive.
Going up that high at all, no matter how you’re planning to come down, is horrifying and brave and exotic.
Jumping’s practically the icing on the cake.