“You know, the world needs a hero… and today it got one.”
– Jonathan Clark, M.D., Red Bull Stratos Medical Director
Earlier today… this:
After years of preparation, two “practice” jumps and one aborted launch attempt due to uncooperative weather, extreme BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner successfully ascended to over 128,000 feet in a pressurized capsule and jumped, freefalling for 4 minutes and 20 seconds before opening his chute at 6,000 feet.
If like millions of people around the world you were watching the event live, you too can attest to the fact that it was, in a word, incredible.
UPDATE: Today is the second launch attempt for the Red Bull Stratos “Mission to the Edge of Space.”
Regardless if you would do it or not, today Red Bull Stratos BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner will ride a high-tech pressurized capsule into the stratosphere and jump out at 120,000 feet — 22 miles/36 km — becoming the highest, fastest freefaller in history. (Watch a simulation of Felix’s 700 mph supersonic fall here.)
At this time the weather at the Roswell, New Mexico launch site has pushed the launch time to 11:45 a.m. EDT due to winds at 700 feet, which is the height of their enormous launch balloon.
(Feed has been in and out… if it’s not working, you can also watch live on Discovery Channel on cable TV.)
NOTE: The launch is now slated for 9:45 a.m. MDT/11:45 p.m. EDT, still pending winds.
Image and video courtesy of Red Bull Stratos