Yesterday, millions around the world logged on to YouTube to watch the Red Bull Stratos mission live. After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, daredevil Felix Baumgartner completed a freefall jump from the edge of space, becoming the first man to shatter the speed of sound with no mechanical propulsion.
His last words before taking that step:
I wish you could see what I can see. Sometimes you have to be up really high to see how small you are.
I’m going home now.
Here’s the animated GIF of that nerve-wrecking adrenaline-fuelled, historic moment as he jumps out of the capsule.
What he saw:
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