It’s been nearly 2 years since Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power. On the edge of Space, he embarked on his trip back to earth with one thing in mind, to set the world record for skydiving. “Felix’s entire trip back to earth lasted 9:09 minutes, with 4:22 of that time in free-fall.” Gravity pulled Felix down to earth for 24 miles and he reached an estimated speed of 833.9 mph.
His accomplishments will never be forgotten and his record probably will never be broken, or at least not for some time. With all this excitement and achievements happening on the outer banks of earth, how come our notorious NASA astronaut, U.S. Navy Lt. Commander G. Reid Wiseman, is losing motivation with leaving earth once more? It may no longer be as enticing for those involved as we once thought. About a year ago, the government even considered shutting down NASA.
Wiseman tweeted to his 60,000 followers, “7 days ago the thought of being in Space gave me chills of excitement. Now it seems completely normal. Odd feeling.” It occurred to him that coming back to earth may be the only exciting thing Wiseman has to look for, if that even brings excitement at all. Also, before jumping from the Drogue, Baumgartner took a second to taking in the world’s beauty before saying out loud to the millions watching worldwide, “I’m going home now”.
Felix also tweeted out to the world, “Live from Space! World you are beautiful,” and was interviewed later saying “When I was standing there on top of the world, you become so humble, you do not think about breaking records anymore, you do not think about gaining scientific data, the only thing you want is to come back alive.”
Business Insider asked, “If the novelty of Space travel can wear off in a week, is there any hope for the rest of us as we go about our mundane lives?” All I have to say, it is great to hear about new discoveries happening in Space as well as our fellow citizens of earth breaking new boundaries that were thought to be impossible. But if Space does not feel so spacious when we are there and the world is that beautiful from above, what must open our eyes and have us make more of an effort to preserve what we can so easily take for granted.
If you missed Felix setting a world record, check out the video below.
It has been almost 2 years, in October, when Felix Baumgartner became the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power on his descent. On the edge of Space, he embarked on his trip back to earth with one thing in mind, to set the world record for skydiving.