When Felix Jumped, the World Jumped With Him
Oct. 14, 2012 --
High above Roswell, New Mexico, late Sunday morning, a helium-filled balloon ascended to around 128,000 ft carrying Felix Baumgartner into the history books. Just after noon local time (2 p.m. EDT), the Austrian daredevil leant forward and slowly stepped into the void -- gravity took over, causing him to plummet through the stratosphere, traveling faster than the speed of sound.
Every step of the way, millions of people watched online and live via Discovery Channel. With the help of Twitter and other social media platforms, the Red Bull Stratos team gave us all an intimate and exhilarating ride from launch to landing. During that heart stopping moment when Baumgartner jumped -- beating Joe Kittinger's 52 year-old record -- we all jumped with him.
"I know the whole world is watching now, and I wish the world could see what I see. And sometimes you have to go up really high to see how small you really are." -- Felix Baumgartner, just before he jumped.
I was fortunate to be on Sunday news duty during the event and grabbed some scenes from the Red Bull Stratos live feed to share with Discovery News readers via our Twitter account. So, to commemorate Baumgartner's achievement -- and a memorable few hours of being hardwired to Twitter -- here's a few of my favorite screenshots (plus tweets) from this historic day.