On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger jumped out of a parachute from an altitude of 102,800 feet. He safely touched ground in New Mexico after nearly 14 minutes of free-fall. Kittinger broke many records while accomplishing this feat. This is the video of his descent back to earth. Extreme sports are a passion of mine and this video caught my attention. This is a feat that is both amazing and inspirational.
Many people attempt to live life to the fullest, but this is a man that fulfills that mission. Nobody had previously done what he had done, and he is a pioneer in his field. Not only is he brave, but he must be in great physical condition to be free-falling for 14 minutes without suffering any side-effects. This is a once in a lifetime experience that he will never forget.
Not only is his free-fall amazing, but it is inspirational as well. The way that he is able to envision something that he wants to accomplish and how he is able to do whatever he has to in order to make it a reality is very inspirational. He is an inspiration to many people, not only daredevils and other extreme sports fanatics. He is truly a pioneer in his field.
Recently there was another daredevil that attempted a similar free-fall. It has been over 50 years and there are still people trying to complete this amazing task. The last daredevil to attempt this stunt had much better technology and there was less risk involved, which makes the original stunt that much more amazing.
In conclusion, these professional athletes and scientists have inspired me to also want to try skydiving. Though they have gone three times the distance from a regular skydive I think this experience would be amazing and life changing. I am amazed that any human being has not only attempted this but has been successful. I love extreme sports and can't wait to see another person try to beat the records.
From a student...