The Big Jump

This video of Felix’s Baumgartner’s famous 24-mile jump to Earth was posted on January 31 of this year and has already garnered over twelve million views. The new aspect of this video is that it’s filmed largely by GoPro cameras affixed to the jumper.

Reader Jon, who sent me the link to the video, adds this:

It’s been about a year and a half since Felix Baumgartner jumped from a balloon at the edge of space, but GoPro just recently released a video inviting everyone along for the ride. Baumgartner was wearing five GoPro HD HERO2 cameras to record his decent. Several other cameras were mounted to his capsule. The video starts with some historical footage of Joe Kittinger’s historic jump in 1960 from 19 ∏ miles. Kittinger served as capsule coordinator directing Baumgartner on his jump.


  1. gravityfly
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    Flying Felix is my personal hero. I would have done anything to be in his place!

    These GoPro cameras are superb!

  2. Posted February 19, 2014 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    A year and a half? Seriously?

    Tempus fugit! (Faster than Naumgartner fell.)


    • Posted February 19, 2014 at 10:53 am | Permalink


    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted February 19, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

      festina lente!

    • Posted February 19, 2014 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      My thought, too. Seems like only yesterday.

      Damn. That must mean I’m really getting old….


      • HaggisForBrains
        Posted February 20, 2014 at 2:56 am | Permalink

        It’s a well-known and observable fact that time passes faster the older you get. Explain that Einstein!

        • John Scanlon, FCD
          Posted February 20, 2014 at 10:59 am | Permalink

          This seems to be an instance of Weber’s Law.

          We could count personal age and longevity logarithmically, but it doesn’t seem quite right. Certainly years would not be the appropriate thing to log-transform, days would be marginally better. Celebrating birthdays at day 10, 100, 1000 (you wouldn’t even remember these), then 10000 (27 years already!), then… oh, maybe the old annual cycle isn’t so fleeting after all.

  3. Posted February 19, 2014 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Kittinger demonstrates post hoc how arthritis is affected by barometric pressure. What the PCPs don’t know, the physicists un-der-stand.

  4. Posted February 19, 2014 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    Most impressive. What was also interesting was to follow his heart-rate.

    The way he landed squarely on both feet without running or tumbling was also impressive.

  5. HaggisForBrains
    Posted February 20, 2014 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Why do I keep expecting Mission Control to say “Take your protein pill and put your helmet on”?

  6. Diane G.
    Posted February 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    What a thrill! Hard to watch him take that first step!

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