高中进阶潮人朝事:菲利克斯跳伞超音速【上海学生英文报】

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“无谓的菲利克斯”从太空边缘纵身跳下,成功挑战超音速“世界第一跳”。

“Fearless Felix” Goes Supersonic
“无畏的菲利克斯”挑战超音速

The sky proves not the limit for Felix Baumgartner, who became the first ever skydiver to break the speed of sound in his daring feat of jumping from the edge of space.
天空不是菲利克斯·鲍加特纳的极限,他的英勇壮举是从太空边缘跳下,成为史上用跳伞超越声速的第一人。

The 43-year-old from Austria, known as “Fearless Felix,” stunned the world by falling 38.6 km from Earth’s stratosphere before landing on his feet in the American state of New Mexico. Figures indicate that the man broke a total of three established world records, including the highest altitude skydive, longest free fall without a parachute (36,529 m) and fastest fall achieved during a skydive (1,342 km/h).
这位来自43岁,来自奥地利的“无畏的菲利克斯”,从地球的平流层跳下,直到落地在美国新墨西哥州,飞降了38.6公里,他震惊了世界。数据显示这个男人总共打破了三项世界纪录,包括最高海拔跳伞,无降落伞的最长距离自由落体(36,529米)和最快的下降速度(1,342公里/小时)。

No one had ever fallen to Earth quite like that. Baumgartner’s climb to the stratosphere had taken two and a half hours. The daredevil (胆大的人), in a capsule and wearing a pressurized suit and helmet, reached the height in a 55-story helium balloon (氦气球). He had spent five years planning the jump with the help of more than 300 people, including former U.S. pilot Joe Kittinger, who set the previous highest altitude jump record in 1960.
在此之前从没有人像这样落到地上。鲍加特纳上升到平流层用了2个半小时,这个冒险家穿着加压服戴着头盔,用55层氮气球将他的船舱送到了那个高度。他用五年的时间规划了这次跳跃,得到了超过300人的帮助,包括在1960年创造先前最高高度记录的前美国飞行员基廷格。

“You become so humble,” Baumgartner said of that moment right before he jumped out of the capsule. “You do not think about breaking records anymore. The only thing you want is, you want to come back alive.”
“你要变得谦卑,”他在跳下船舱前一刻对自己说道,你不要再想打破记录的事情了,现在你唯一要想的是,你要活着回来。”

He had good reasons to think that. In fact, he almost had to call it off on the way up. His visor (头盔上的挡板) became foggy after a heater in his helmet stopped working. And the supersonic speed, among other things, posed a risk. During the free fall, Baumgartner was plummeting so fast that he was barely a spot on the infrared camera tracking him. For 35 seconds of the fall, he was spinning out of control—something his team feared could cause him to lose consciousness—before regaining control.
他有足够的理由这样想。事实上,在上升的途中,他几乎就要放弃了。他头盔里的加热器停止工作后,头盔挡板因雾气变得模糊。超音速速度在其他方面带来了风险,在自由落体期间,鲍加特纳垂直下落得如此之快差点就要撞上追踪他的红外摄像机。落下35秒后,他的身体不受控制地旋转起来,在他恢复自控前,他的团队担心他会失去知觉。

Baumgartner, who described the jump as “swimming without touching the water,” is actually no stranger to skydiving feats. In 1999, he claimed the world record for the highest parachute jump from a building when he jumped from the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2003, he skydived across the English Channel.
鲍加特纳将这次跳跃称为“在天上游泳”,他并不是第一次有跳伞壮举。1999年,他声称世界最高的建筑物跳伞高度是他从马来西亚吉隆坡的双子塔跳下来的高度。2003年,他跳伞横渡英吉利海峡。

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