Monday, October 15, 2012

Dude Falls 127,000 Feet Going Over 800 Miles per Hour, No Big Deal

This video doesn't really do the whole experience justice, but then again, that's probably a good thing.

My roommates and I watched the entire project, starting with the launch up from Roswell, right down to Felix Baumgartner's landing, onto my laptop while we watched "Goldeneye" on TV Sunday afternoon.  For anyone who missed the boat on this one, as I almost did, finding out just a day before, the launch was titled "Red Bull Stratos," becoming another one of the ridiculous stunts that the energy drink has endorsed.

Baumgartner, an Austrian BASE-jumper was the pilot and the guinea pig on this mission, floating up into the stratosphere and free falling from 127,000 feet.  Oh, and that free fall (before the parachutes) lasted four minutes and allowed him to reach 833.9 miles per hour.

833.9 miles per hour.

A dude.  In a spacesuit.  Broke the sound barrier and went 833.9 miles per hour.  Unbelievable.  This jump is supposed to be able to answer questions and aid in future space research, but to me, it just seemed like a wacky stunt that Red Bull couldn't wait to get their hands on.  Either way, watching the door of his capsule roll open and him fall face first towards Earth was pretty sweet.

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