Amazing Felix tells us a lot about the spirit of humans

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My new superhero is Felix Baumgarter.

He dazzled us recently with his extraordinary sky dive 24 miles above the earth from Roswell, New Mexico.

The 43-year-old Austrian reached speeds of 833.9 mph and became the first person to break the sound barrier without the aid of a machine.

More than seven million of us held our breaths in astonishment as he ascended from a capsule attached to a helium balloon. At one point he appeared to be spinning out of control but managed to stabilise himself.

Afterwards, when interviewed, he showed us just what a humble down-to-earth guy he really is.

Felix is testament to the power of science, imagination and human bravery.

Truly amazing.