Felix Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos Jump Breaks Records and Electrifies World

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 15, 2012

IN SPACE - OCTOBER 14:  Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria jumps out of the capsule during the final manned flight for Red Bull Stratos on October 14, 2012 in space. Austrian Felix Baumgartner broke the world record for the highest free fall in history after making a 23-mile ascent in capsule attached to a massive balloon.  (Photo by Jay Nemeth/Red Bull Stratos via Getty Images)
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Felix Baumgartner went to the edge of space in a little pod connected to a balloon and jumped. 

Something tells me this man will never have to buy another drink for as long as he lives, because the world is ready to buy this man a beer. 

From over 128,000 feet above New Mexico, Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a specially-designed pod and broke several records. 

He also managed to get the world to hold its collective breath as he fell above it. 

Tweets were posted nearly as quickly as the 43-year old Austrian skydiver fell 833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24, as reported The New York Times

It classified as a "where were you moment," taking up space in your memory bank when you saw some dude jump out of a perfectly good air balloon. 

For me, I was driving down the 10 Freeway, passing Staples Center when I remembered history was about to be made. The wife streamed the jump on her iPhone, and I watched one man take a giant leap right there on the freeway while driving.

Mommies of the world would not approve of such dangerous methods. 

Baumgartner put his jump far better than anyone else could, via The New York Times

It was harder than I expected. Trust me, when you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble. It’s not about breaking records any more. It’s not about getting scientific data. It’s all about coming home.

If you are talking about scintillating homecomings that keep fans on the edge of their computer chairs, driver's seats or any other mode of sitting, you can hardly do better. 

Extreme Tech reports Baumgartner broke four records in his descent. He acquired the highest manned balloon flight, free fall from the highest altitude, broke the sound barrier in free fall and produced the longest free fall time. 

All with the planet watching.

BBC reports the live feed broke YouTube's record for concurrent views, making this a fairly popular expedition for Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team.

Someone get that guy a cold one, because he earned it. 

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