Watch Live – Felix Baumgartner Jumps To Earth From 23 Miles Up

As I’m typing this a hot air balloon has him near 60,000 feet above the surface of earth. If my math is right he should be jumping at around 120,000 feet.

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  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente


  • Amazing. I’m watching it now, and remembering reading about Kittinger’s jump in an old National Geographic when I was about 5 or 6 or so.

    He’s almost at 120k…

  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

    Get the heck out of that thing before the balloon pops.

  • jim_m

    Watch out for that first step…

  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

    Good he left a record for Kittinger – longest free fall. I was worried he was going to wrack up with that fogged visor.

  • jim_m

    Gets the record or the highest free fall, fastest free fall, and highest manned balloon flight, but missed the longest free fall.

    They made it look easy.

    In ten years the conspiracy nuts will be claiming that it was all staged.

  • 914

    He should have just stayed on the ground if he wanted to end up here.

  • Commander_Chico_Cognoscente

    Did not know this:

    Kittinger, by contrast, was a test pilot and used to pressure suits. In 1972, his fighter jet was shot down and he ended up a Vietnam POW, surviving 11 months of torture at the “Hanoi Hilton” prison. In the next cell was Sen. John McCain.