Scott Stoll logo world traveler. A bicycle wheel and the globe symbolizes Scott's journey around the world on a bicycle.
Felix Baumgartner skydiver
Felix Baumgartner about ready to skydive back to earth.
Felix Baumgartner skydiver
Felix Baumgartner about ready to skydive back to earth.

Skydiving Astronaut

Man plans to return from space without a spaceship?

I’ve been posting stories about adventurers (argonauts or in this case an astronaut) for about 13 years, despite many people saying there is nothing left to explore.

The Austrian daredevil, Felix Baumgartner, jumped out of his balloon at 39 kilometers (24 miles), and reaching an estimated speed of 1,342 KPH (834 mph), or Mach 1.24, becoming the first person to break the sound barrier without a vehicle. Wow!

Felix said: “There was a time I really thought I was in trouble. I had to decide to fight all the way down and I finally got stable. That spin became so violent it was hard to know how to get out of it. I was able to get it under control and break the speed of sound. I could feel myself break the speed of sound. I could feel the air building up and then I hit it.”

In the world of adventure, there aren’t many new frontiers. But enough words, instead watch this amazing video! And read about the logistics of the spacesuit and capsule on BBC.

If you enjoyed this story…

Please share or make a small donation to help keep Scott caffeinated. Even $1 helps or an encouraging comment below. (More ways to help.) 

More stories like this

Ben Lecomte swimming in the ocean with flippers and fancy snorkel like a dorsal fin but going between the eyes.

Man to swim across the Pacific Ocean

Update on an adventure over 6 years in the making. Ben has finally begun. Back in October, 2015, when Ben, the first man to attempt to swim across the Pacific Ocean, finished prepping his support boat, he took some time to answer our question about his motivation: “I would say that I am not a

Colin Angus R2AK Day 10

Race to Alaska

See live updates as Colin Angus rows/sails from BC, Canada to Alaska. Intro and Day 12 update below.

>