On October 14, 2012, a human being ascended more than 23 miles into the heavens (Mount Everest is 5.5 miles high) and was brave enough to fall back to the Earth. In the process he broke several records and even the sound barrier. This man is Felix Baumgartner and he has risen out of relative obscurity to show the incredible potential of human nature and push the limits of adrenaline. Red Bull sponsored the historic jump and NASA engineered the project to not only help Felix break the record but to improve blueprints for future space suits.

I watched the jump’s live coverage and thought it was an amazing feat but it wasn’t until I read a certain article that I realized how incredible this jump was. Alex Knapp of Forbes magazine went into the details in his article (http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/10/16/the-technology-behind-red-bulls-space-jump/) and just how significant the jump was for science and space technology. The suit, capsule, balloon, cameras and system of communication were all designed specifically for this launch and could significantly benefit future NASA missions and commercial flights. The article was very well written and articulated the workings of the complicated scientific equipment without seeming snobbish or unclear. This feature story also provided several quality links and pictures to accompany the copy. Overall this story provided a significant amount of context to Baumgartner’s space jump and made an incredible feat even more unbelievable.

Here’s the article again