Why? Why jump from 24 miles up? Was it the speed or the altitude that interested you?
I think it's more watching the world from above. As a little kid, I climbed a lot of trees because I always loved the bird's-eye view. As soon as I turned 16, I went to the local skydiving club and learned how to skydive. And from that moment on, I was addicted.
You didn't pause for very long on the threshold or look around before you jumped. Were you eager or afraid you might change your mind?
I was eager. I'd been...