Imagine falling 24 miles, or just watch this Felix Baumgartner video
Well-known acrobat of the adernaline junkie world, Felix Baumgartner has proven himself to be among the truest daredevil maniacs, skydiving 24 miles to earth from the edge of space on Sunday -- breaking both the sound barrier in his freefall and the record for the highest jump of all time (previously set by mentor, Joseph Kittinger, in 1960 at 19 miles).
The fall lasted 4 minutes and 22 seconds after Baumgartner made a two and a half hour unaccompannied ascent to the stratosphere in a capsule carried by a helium ballon, just htink of the contemplative solitude of such an escapade. Regardless, the technological brilliance behind such an accomplishment hopefully drew smiles across physics nerds' faces everywhere.
A live YouTube broadcast hosted by Red Bull Stratus attracted a reported 8 million viewers, making it the most watched YouTube event to date. Take a look at some clips from the broadcast below, we think this is what Buzz Lightyear meant by "falling with style." And not to worry, creative parodists everywhere are all over the footage, just take a look at the video below featuring Legos.
An outrageous achievement from all angles and we can only imagine what Baumgartner was thinking as he was about the step from his platform atop the world.
|Baumgartner's big jump|
|Jump Lego replay|