I watched Felix Baumgartner set a world record freefall LIVE on nationalgeographic.com. I watched intensely for about three hours as they launched the balloon and capsule and it drifted upwards to an altitude of over 128,000 ft, reaching over 24 miles he jumped into history.
Being a fellow skydiver myself, I know the dangers, and watched with a pounding heart as he spoke of how he felt like he was about to pass out and I watched the horror of him spinning through the air, but my heart dropped when I watched him tumbling, which is never a good sign. but then he flattened out and looked like he gained control and spoke after about 30 seconds of silence… Opening his chute, he glided back safely.
He set world records of highest altitude and speed, Baumgartner had, officials announced, broken the sound barrier during the free fall, reaching Mach 1.24.
Baumgartner safely touched down at 2:17 p.m. ET. Sunday, October, 14, 2012
Really glad my family was home to watch this with me. They witnessed a part of history that will always be remembered and documented.
“Welcome Back Home, Felix Baumgartner”… and know, the World is proud of you.
Note: All Photography done by Sebastian Ortiz…. ( ME ) please if you use any of them, please credit me thanks.