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OFF TOPIC: Felix Did It

Felix Baumgartner prepares to jump

Professional daredevil Felix Baumgartner stepped off into nothingness like Indiana Jones in  Last Crusade from a balloon floating 127,000 feet (more than 24 miles) above our planet earlier today, supposedly breaking the speed of sound on the way down.

You were all likely following along by watching on TV, watching online, or following along with #SpaceJump on twitter. Felix landed on two feet in a New Mexico desert. We’ve been getting hyped up about the event on KSR since the first attempt was delayed previously. Red Bull Stratos (oops), as it was called thanks to the sponsor, captured the nation’s attention today. It was quite the spectacle and a pretty amazing feat. What benefits for science can come from this are yet to be seen, but it was pretty cool to see the world all tuned in for such an event.

You can watch the replay of Felix’s jump from space here.

(I can’t help but imagine the first part of a partially ad-libbing Rutger Hauer’s speech in Blade Runner)

And check the .gif below for the first five seconds of his leap.

 

Article written by Chris Thomas

17 Comments for OFF TOPIC: Felix Did It



  1. Lipset
    4:16 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe we Could we drop joker from this balloon?



  2. UK Wildcat
    4:19 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    That freefall is almost as impressive as our football program under Joker Phillips.



  3. lambinated
    4:19 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Felix doing his impression of the UK football program by breaking the record for longest and fastest freefall… well played.



  4. Ares
    4:23 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    That whole jump blows my mind.



  5. Bill Rafferty
    4:25 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Onions!!!!



  6. nassau65
    4:31 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    pretty amazing stuff



  7. dave
    4:33 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    according to wiki, the speed of sound is about 768mph. reports say felix got to 706mph. that took 2 seconds to look up.
    its all unofficial so far.
    good job. good effort



  8. Wow
    4:41 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    I bet some people think Cal, is the reason he landed safley.



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  10. Ricky
    5:02 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Dave, at that altitude, the speed of sound is a lot less. The speed of sound at SEA LEVEL is 768 MPH. So yes, he did break the sound barrier.



  11. trouljaboy
    5:15 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    7) The speed of sound depends on altitude, air density, and temperature. It’s 761~mph at sea level, and at about 95,000ft it’s around 670mph, so he probably did at some point in his fall.

    Nice try tho



  12. JP
    5:19 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    At the press conference they just said he actually reached ~830-something MPH. He was at Mach 1.24 or something like that. So, yeah, he broke the sound barrier. He was asked how it felt and he said he couldn’t really say, because it’s impossible to have a reference point when you’re in a pressurized suit.

    And the jump/fall was incredible.



  13. LuDaCats
    5:56 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    F’n awesome



  14. Steve Fitts
    6:18 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    OK, Matt Jones–your turn now!



  15. Tairy Greene
    6:18 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    8. Nice random comma, dick.



  16. SeoulCat
    7:56 pm October 14, 2012 Permalink

    Baumgartner was in the air for a full five minutes, or 20 x longer than Pitino is in a woman.



  17. drewsster02
    9:50 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t about time that we get a “like” button for the comments?