Sixty-five years to the day since Captain Charles Yeager became the first man to travel past the speed of sound, Felix Baumgartner yesterday became the only living man to ever break the sound barrier without a spacecraft. Logistically, the Red Bull Stratos mission is a feat in of itself, though it’s the technology behind it that made this particular jump so fascinating.
"NASA, as best as I can judge, is a force of nature like none other." Neil deGrasse Tyson, 2010.
On November 20th 1998, the first components of the International Space Station were launched, beginning the mission that continues to this day. This was the last time that many of us were excited about the exploration of frontiers beyond our grasp. As Dr. Tyson so eloquently said: "We stopped dreaming."