Felix Baumgartner

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McHappyPants2012 Sun 14-Oct-12 22:35:29

just seen this on the news OMG he must have balls of steal

crazycanuck Mon 15-Oct-12 07:55:32

I know!!! I watched it live on the Internet and could not believe it when he actually jumped! Absolutely freakin' amazing!

ridiculoussingle Mon 15-Oct-12 11:52:46

watched it live too. Amazing! Can you imagine, just leaping off into 24 miles of atmosphere!! :D

EnjoyVampirebloodResponsibly Mon 15-Oct-12 11:56:04

I'm totally torn: is it a "great leap for mankind moment" or "look you go fucking fast if you jump from a capsule that high up?"

He was super-sweet in his interview: you have to go that high to realise you are so small.

My heart was in my mouth fr his mum though.

willyoulistentome Mon 15-Oct-12 12:01:17

I know. Amazing and all, but speaking purely from the Mum's point of view I think I would be furious at my sons if they did that to me.

We watched it live on the internet and when he started to spin, I felt sick!

it was awesome-we let dd age 5 stay up a little bit late to watch. It was amazing.

The bit where he was spinning and we could no longer hear his breathing scared me to bits though.

it was awesome-we let dd age 5 stay up a little bit late to watch. It was amazing.

The bit where he was spinning and we could no longer hear his breathing scared me to bits though.

ExitPursuedByAaaaaarGhoul Mon 15-Oct-12 12:27:11

And then he landed on his feet.


Bramblesinafield Mon 15-Oct-12 12:41:23



Bramblesinafield Mon 15-Oct-12 12:41:34
MeFour Mon 15-Oct-12 12:43:23

His mum was watching and seemed to be surprisingly ok. We watched with our children and I told them I never ever wanted them to do anything that dangerous ever

PoppadomPreach Mon 15-Oct-12 12:47:59


"look you go fucking fast if you jump from a capsule that high up?"

You could take that view, but the point is that it is very difficult to do without dying. I think it was an amazing achievement; not only by felix, but also by the engineering team around him.

It was spectacular tv!

naturalbaby Mon 15-Oct-12 12:51:10

we all watched every second yesterday...this morning my 20 month old is jumping off the top of the slide shouting "un, oo, weeeeeeeeeeee!"
He is standing on the top of the slide and jumping down it.

back to cbeebies viewing today then.

Can someone scientific explain to me how they knew where he was going to land? I mean the world looked tiny from his head cam when he jumped.
<brain melts thinking about it>

straighttohellymelly Mon 15-Oct-12 13:13:55

That youtube link is hilarious.

BrainSurgeon Mon 15-Oct-12 13:14:37

<scrapes off Twelve's brain>

lookout Mon 15-Oct-12 13:42:40

Dh and ds1 watched it while I was putting ds2 to bed. I've just watched it now and it made me cry. The man is clearly insane.

notjustamummythankyou Mon 15-Oct-12 14:02:49

twelve - that's what I thought!

AND he landed on his feet when he touched down, like it was all no bother at all.

Amazing and utterly crazy in equal measure.

ILikeToMoveItMoveIt Mon 15-Oct-12 14:05:49

Amazing wasn't it?

When he went into a spin my heart was in my mouth.

out2lunch Mon 15-Oct-12 14:22:41

yes almost unbelievable how they knew where he was going to land and how did they film him all the way down?

QuenelleIsOrangeAndGoldForNow Mon 15-Oct-12 14:32:42

I was shouting “Don't do it!“ When was sitting in the capsule looking down at Earth. I was so frightened for him.

And then he landed as if he'd just stepped off a kerb. Incredible.

He is remarkably brave and his team are brilliant engineers.

kaytola Mon 15-Oct-12 16:09:15

I watched it live on the news. It was probably one of the best things I've ever seen. Terrifying when he went into the flat spin but to land on his feet was just incredible. Absolutely awe inspiring. Beat that, world!

MirrorballMoon Mon 15-Oct-12 16:45:15

I watched live too and was screaming as he jumped from the capsule! One of the scariest and most incredible things I've ever seen.

jennycrofter Mon 15-Oct-12 17:11:32

Amazing. I was completely torn between insisting the DCs watched it because it was so awesome, and being terrified something was going to go wrong, and they'd be scarred for life.

They were also told that under no circumstances whatsoever are they to do anything like that. grin

Spatsky Mon 15-Oct-12 17:14:19

Twelve, i would assume he goes straight up and he comes straight down ergo he lands as close to where he lifted off, taking into account the minimal wind factor in the balloon, but they deliberately did this on a day with minimal wind.

Don't know what was used to film the descent so well though.

Mum looked terrified I thought. I'm not sure I would have been ale to watch it live, proud as. Would be.

I was thinking this Spat, but he was 23 miles up, and you must go through some massively windy bits <technical term> up that high, jet-streams and wot-not, so even if his trajectory was 1 degree off surely he could've ended up in Mongolia or the middle of the Pacific or somewhere...

LeeCoakley Mon 15-Oct-12 17:17:47

It was great that a historic event like this was filmed from start to finish. I felt like I was a real part of it!

garlicbutty Mon 15-Oct-12 18:12:02

He landed 23 miles from where he took off. There was a beacon in his suit for the recovery helicopter to follow.

I think it was the landing that got me most! Fall 24 miles and land on your feet!!!!!

Props to Red Bull. It's cost millions - I hope they sell loads of their disgusting drink on the back of this astounding feat smile

monsterchild Mon 15-Oct-12 20:38:19

This time of year the jet stream isn't that far south here. The winds aloft change a lot, but he had some control once he stopped the spinning (vomit madness!) and he could direct the 'chute too.

It was totally cool! and happened so fast, really!

WarmFuzzyFun Mon 15-Oct-12 20:43:17

WarmFuzzy lowers the tone...imagine the sex you'd have after that eh?

CookieRookie Mon 15-Oct-12 20:48:40

Amazing! Has the helmet-cam footage been released yet?

LeeCoakley Mon 15-Oct-12 20:50:36

Yes but it's not that good. The bit I saw anyway. It was short and a bit fuzzy, you didn't get a sense of awe

Lukethe3 Mon 15-Oct-12 21:13:04

I missed it, where can I watch it?

MrsReiver Mon 15-Oct-12 21:54:57

Footage from the camera on his chest is fantastic - makes me feel queasy watching it, especially when he goes into the spin.


It starts about 25 seconds in, and just when you think it's all over - it gets even worse. Absolutely terrifying, and an absolute credit to his skill as a freefaller that he was able to get out of the spin at all.

They filmed the jump cameras fixed inside and outside the capsule, one on his chest and a incredible zoom lens in the New Mexico desert which caught the infra red footage when he was just a little grey blur tumbling through the sky.

MrsReiver Mon 15-Oct-12 21:55:47
MeFour Mon 15-Oct-12 21:57:30

The landing didn't surprise. Once he got to that point he was on familiar territory. He's a very experienced sky diver.
I was just worried he wasn't going to be alive by that point.
I love that kittinger was a major part of the team. It takes something to help someone else break your record.
Just wondering where FB goes from here

LeeCoakley Mon 15-Oct-12 22:07:14

Oh crikey, yes that's good

MrsReiver Mon 15-Oct-12 22:25:45

They filmed the jump WITH cameras, obviously. Damn my fat fingers.

garlicbutty Mon 15-Oct-12 22:38:15

MeFour - What next for Baumgartner?

"I'm retired from the daredevil business," he said afterwards. "I want to find a nice decent job as a helicopter pilot. I'll fight fires and rescue people. No e-mails, no phone calls."

Bless smile


MeFour Mon 15-Oct-12 22:41:29

Thanks garlic
I'm sure his girlfriend was pleased to hear that
I would put money on him getting bored though, we'll I would if I had any

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 15-Oct-12 23:11:16

there is some amazing footage - i cant quite believe he did it! amazing.

NapOfTheDamned Tue 16-Oct-12 01:19:26

The medical officer on the jump is the husband of one of the astronauts lost in the shuttle disaster - he's using the data to work out the feasability of a high altitude bail out from a stricken spacecraft. The data from the jump's being shared with NASA and interested parties to improve the surivival chances of an incident involving a space craft.

From Guardian comments.

So, even better and WELL DONE FELIX.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 16-Oct-12 22:51:21

really? i have to now apologise to my son for laughing when he told me that....blush

i do wonder thought what those speeds do to a human body and brain....id be amazed if there were no ill effects somewhere down the line though i hope there wont be, the whole thing was amazing and beyond my imagination.

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