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October 17th, 2012
03:38 PM ET

Only in America: Felix Baumgartner's space jump on Red Bull's "wings"

On Monday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to celebrate Felix Baumgartner's historic skydive from the edge of space, an astounding 24 miles above the Earth:

"Hurtling through the sky at a top speed of an incredible 830 miles an hour, breaking the sound barrier in a four minute free fall, before opening his parachute and landing safely in the New Mexico desert on Sunday," said Morgan of the awe-inspiring feat.

Although the landing took place in the good ole' U.S. of A, Morgan noted that neither Baumgartner nor Red Bull, the company that sponsored the skydiver's jump "wings," are American:

"Here's the thing, Felix is Austrian. And Red Bull, the company that took a massive financial and reputational risk on funding the project, is also Austrian."

Morgan reminisced on the glory days of America's lead in the "Space Race" saying, "There was a time when America and Americans led the way in this kind of seemingly impossible dream, driven on by presidents with big dreams and big ambition."

Reviewing Neil Armstrong's epic moon-landing of 1969, and the speech by then-President John F. Kennedy which encouraged the adventure, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host attempted to remind his viewers that "America is a country full of dreamers, a country that's at its best when it dreams big and acts on those dreams."

Speaking directly to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host offered a challenge to whomever proves victorious in the upcoming general election:

"Take a leaf out of JFK's book and dare the world again to dream big, led by the Americans," he said.

Channeling his inner-JFK, Morgan concluded that "Only in America" does the tackling of dangerous risk lead to reaping of an ultimate reward:

"Not because it's easy, but because it's hard."
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  1. tudor iordache

    I used to like Piers Morgan,but overtime i figured out wht this moran is mad of. He is showing how extreem [left wing democrat he is] I am descusted. I can't stand him

    October 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. at your show last night and you was talking to a women i thank from the mike wilson

    dear Mr. Piers
    I was looking at your show last nigt . You was talking to a women I thank from the Romney camp. and the whole binder of women came up. you was saying that you didn't understand what was funny about it. the thing is it.s what he thoughtwhat woud have been a good anser. And the fact the women you was talking to she did eem to understand the anser either nor the question. The question was about euqel pay not diverity in the work place. he he went to the wrong topic he should had thought about the question then ansered it.

    October 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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    This dude is crazy :)

    October 21, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mackenzie Lorenz

    Quite an impressive feat to freefall 24 miles at a speed of 830mph. I wonder what was going through his mind during the 4 minutes that it took to get down. Was he hoping that there wouldn't be any unforeseen or unexpected thing that would cross into his path. I'm sure that he was really hoping that nothing happened to his suit because it would definitely have been a life threatening situation for him. No air to breathe and freezing to death would not have been something to look forward to. So is this guy the next Evil Knievil, what will his next death defying feat be?

    October 22, 2012 at 5:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jill

    That was terrifying to watch and looked scarier than most drugs and I have tried most drugs.

    October 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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