In case you missed it, Austrian Felix Baumgartner attached a capsule to some balloons, went up 24 miles above Roswell, New Mexico, and then tossed himself out and over the side of the capsule with naught but a parachute between himself and the record for largest crater formed by a human body.
It was AMAZING.
He was in free fall for minutes, although he did not break the record for most time in free fall (personal record: 0.05 seconds off the side of a curb this morning). He did break the record for speed and height, and it was all pretty exciting to see a man jump from 24 miles up and casually cruise in, landing on his feet.
Felix Baumgartner, we at the Signal Watch salute you and your titanium-plated brass-ones. That was a feat of derring-do the likes of which one sees but once in a blue moon.
It did seem the ground crew was doing a terrifically incompetent job with Gartner on his way down, relaying bad information and failing to understand him when he spoke. It seems they should have been feeding him data the whole fall, but they didn't. I look forward to whatever National Geographic or Discovery channel doc gets made out of this whole event so we can learn what really happened.
Absolutely cool. Glad people are still pushing the limits.
|Awesome! Now, let's go get some WAFFLES.|