The Death-Defying Career of Felix Baumgartner
After a brief setback last week, professional skydiver and BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner has completed yet another death-defying stunt: falling from an altitude of over 24 miles and landing safely in Roswell, New Mexico.
In doing so, the 43-year-old daredevil has broken several world records, including the fastest descent by a man outside a craft (833.9 mph), the highest free-fall (over 24 miles) and the highest manned balloon trip (a ride which lasted over three hours). But records were of no concern to Baumgartner when he reached his jumping altitude: "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," Baumgartner said after landing safely. "The only thing you want is to come back alive," he added.
And as it turns out, this accomplished Austrian has"come back alive" from a long list of death-defying stunts, almost all of which would make any sane person run screaming in the opposite direction. Here are a few of Baumgartner's most famous leaps.