Today, like millions around the globe, I witnessed one of the most amazing things ever done.
Felix Baumgartner did a freefall of 23 miles high. When I hear 23 miles (39km), I can’t really imagine it being very high, but it’s actually 128,000 ft or 39,010 meters. I mean, come on, pretty bloody high if you ask me.
It took him 2hrs to go up and 4min to get down. My heart stopped for a few seconds, I am certain of it, Felix was spinning like crazy and all of a sudden his parachute opened, he was flying like a bird. Then, as fast as I could catch my breath, he had landed, right here in the Southwest, in New Mexico. What a guy.
In 1969, a man named Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. I wasn’t alive then, but I hear stories and I’ve seen thousand of times on television. In 2012, Neil Armstrong passed away, but he still lives in the hearts of all these men and women who try to defy gravity. Felix Baumgartner is one of them and I am happy I got to see it live (not thanks to CNN or any other american news channel who cut it right as he jumped) on the internet.
One hour before he jumped (already a few thousand miles up in space), he tweeted: “Live from Space! World you are beautiful”, once he landed he posted: “Mission accomplished” and about 20min ago: “We live to conquer fears and pursue dreams, may our attempts and accomplishments progress humankind”.
Somehow, hoovering the house seemed pretty dull after today’s events…
UPDATE: I read this article this morning on the guardian and it answers a few questions that people like us might have, such as, how many hours did he sleep the night before the jump, etc. Also, the quick video shows the view from his head cam, which is pretty cool.