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Holy Batman! Wingsuit Guy Flies Through Narrow Cave

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... a crazy man in a wingsuit flying through a cave! That's right: Norwegian-Italian thrillseeker Alexander Polli sprang from a helicopter wearing a "wingsuit" —  a specialized jumpsuit that increases the wearer's surface area — and streaked through the narrow opening of a cave not much wider than he is tall. Polli reached a speed of 155 mph (250 km/h), according to the video he released. The aptly-named Batman Cave is located in the Roca Foradada Mountains in Montserrat, Spain. Polli claims to be the first person to fly on his own power "through a narrow cave on a rugged mountainside," reported. Let's hope there weren't too many failed attempts!

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Tanya Lewis
Staff Writer
Tanya was a staff writer for Live Science from 2013 to 2015, covering a wide array of topics, ranging from neuroscience to robotics to strange/cute animals. She received a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Brown University. She has previously written for Science News, Wired, The Santa Cruz Sentinel, the radio show Big Picture Science and other places. Tanya has lived on a tropical island, witnessed volcanic eruptions and flown in zero gravity (without losing her lunch!). To find out what her latest project is, you can visit her website.