Felix Baumgartner Became The First Human Being To Travel Faster Than The Speed Of Sound Yesterday (Video)
In the fall of 2010, a Brooklyn cinematographer scored a YouTube hit by using a weather balloon to send his iPhone into the stratosphere with an HD camera. Then, last November, two dudes sent a can of Natty Light up there and claimed it was the first beer in space (which is highly unlikely). Finally, back in January, two teenagers from Toronto became YouTube sensations when they used a weather balloon to send a lego man to the edge of space—an altitude of 80,000 feet.
Well, apparently, former Austrian paratrooper Felix Baumgartner was sick and tired of all the attention inanimate objects were getting for travelling to the very edge of the earth’s atmosphere. So he decided to go there himself…then jump back towards earth, setting a new world record for highest skydive in the process. And yesterday, after being delayed several days due to inclement weather, Baumgartner and his team of 70 scientists on the Red Bull Stratos project completed their mission.
His specially designed balloon took him to an insane 128,100 feet, or if you prefer, 24.26 miles—about two miles shy of a marathon. The free-fall portion of the dive lasted 4 minutes 20 seconds, and the top speed reached was 833.9 miles per hour, or mach 1.24. That made him the first person to break the sound barrier.
Were there any other interesting records that were broken by the jump? Yes, as a matter of fact there was. The 8 million people who watched the jump live on YouTube made it the biggest live-streaming event in the history of the internet.
Not bad, right?
Anyway, here are two videos of the Redbull-sponsored spectacle. The first is a short 1:30 highlight reel. The second shows the entire free-fall. They are most definitely worth a look (or four).