Question: What did Felix Baumgartner say right before he jumped to begin his record breaking spacedive?
Answer: Just before jumping from over 24 miles up Felix Baumgartner said “I’m going home now”, short and simple but somehow very deep, and meaningful.
Now matter where we may go or what we achieve, there truly is no place like home. Perhaps this quote was his way of saying: Whatever happens, one way or the other I’m going home now, wherever that may be.
Earlier on in the mission Felix was also reported to have made the quote “Sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you are.”
This was the Austrians equivalent of Neil Armstrong’s famous “It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” quote.
This jump was the culmination of years of planning as part of the Red Bull Stratos project, which set out to beat the record for the highest ever skydive previously held by American, Joseph Kittinger.
The original record jump by Kittinger was set at a height of 102,800 feet back in 1960.
Kittinger himself then played a key role working on the Red Bull project which, on the 14th of October, 2012 succeeded in allowing Austrian, Felix Baumgartner to break the long standing record.
Baumgartner jumped from 128,100 feet ( 39,045 meters), eventually landing in the US state of New Mexico.
Apparently “Fearless Felix” chose not to look down before he made the record breaking jump.