Felix Baumgartner's supersonic space jump has been fascinating theater. Millions watched the real-time coverage. His freefall speed reached 833.9 mph or, for those who prefer the snazzier definition, Mach 1.24.

The intrigue of possibly seeing a live death might sound ghoulish, but it's undeniably part of the appeal. Perhaps this is why mankind continues to discover new ways to experience the rush of life while tempting or even taunting death.

Here are some notable examples, starting with Baumgartner:

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