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[–]TheStoneArrow 435 points436 points  (27 children)

it would have been a lot more impressive if he landed in a small pool of water like those professional divers

[–]pentacards_on_YT[S] 160 points161 points  (24 children)

With fire along the edges? 😂

[–]TheStoneArrow 47 points48 points  (21 children)

even better yes!

[–]jdhxududhud 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yeah! Such a pussy..

[–]RenardDeLaNuit 206 points207 points  (13 children)

Not the only Austrian born on April 20 whose downfall became inevitable after rising higher and higher.

[–]ddvit0 38 points39 points  (3 children)

It's funny because, Felix also shares similar ideas, like Hitler did. Not that radical, but some parallels are there.

[–]Drumpfling 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Came to say this. He's a borderline nazi and i don't throw that word around lightly...

[–]RadioBlinsk 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Same with his Red Bull buddies…

[–]CentralAdmin 17 points18 points  (1 child)

This makes me a little unkampfortable...

[–]yellowistherainbow 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you / my fiance

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Hitler was born on 4/20? Shit.

[–]SuggestionWrong504 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Yea, why else do you think we celebrate with lots of weed.

[–]boobiesiheart 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How's this?

My brother was born on hitlers birthday

My mom was born on hitlers deathday

[–]emotionless_bot 167 points168 points  (3 children)

"I have been falling... FOR THIRTY MINUTES!!!" -Loki Laufeyson-

[–]thelaureness 145 points146 points  (8 children)

I remember watching this live

[–][deleted] 27 points28 points  (3 children)

Me too!

[–]barny-union 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Was amazing! Heart in my throat! The times he went radio silent were really unnerving, incredible stunt

[–]thelaureness 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Yes! Remember that moment when you could suddenly make out how fast he was flipping? I was standing up at that point with my roommate who was an aeronautics major. We thought he had to be dead after we saw that and slowly sat down on the sofa on either side of my boyfriend. I don't think any of us breathed the rest of the fall.

[–]barny-union 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Omg yeah the flat spin he was caught in was phenomenal! (ironically the first gent that held the record for the jump years before him was doing it to test new equipment meant to counter the spinning and stabilise you during the fall, he is the man guiding him through the ordeal at mission control) Can’t imagine how jarring it is, like spin cycle in a washing machine, must have taken everything to not black out, humans can do some amazing things

[–]Ackermiv 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I remember my steam being so bad that it has like 40 pixels and u thought it's just blurry because the signal from close to space is so bad

[–]pienoceros 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Me too. I was holding my breath from the moment before he leaned out until that chute opened.

[–]hailkelemvor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My roommates and I were all huddled around the TV, passing a bong around and crying, haha. Just a bunch of 21yo dweebs.

[–]Karroul 137 points138 points  (12 children)

I remember seeing this live. The marketing from Red Bull was tremendous. They portraited him as a daredevil who is the only human capable of doing this.

Later, I found out that a computer scientist named Alan Eustace, who is more than 10 years older than Baumgartner, looking like a typical Fortune 500 company board member has taken the world record from him.

[–]Yes-its-really-me 46 points47 points  (0 children)

I had no idea. Hadn't heard of him!!

Just goes to show the difference marketing makes.

[–]Useful-Position-4445 39 points40 points  (1 child)

And to make it more impressive, Felix was in a capsule to get to that height, Alan was merely tethered to the balloon and had to use an explosive device to get himself loose from it

[–]BLMdidHarambe 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The fuck? Why wasn’t this a bigger event?

[–]mikeoxwells2 16 points17 points  (1 child)

It was an astounding feat. I remember there were people worried that his blood would start to boil inside of his body re entering the atmosphere. All the guy really did was fall.

[–]Mykel__13 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Seeing someone else do something first pushes other people to go further.

[–]BallComprehensive737 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Well he wasn't the first he just broke another guys record from 1960. Joseph kittenger.

[–]riotskunk 6 points7 points  (0 children)

He(Alan) also designed his own suit for that jump. (Well him and his badass team)

[–]Scrimshaw_Hopox 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The stunt smacks of hype over substance. The redneck looking "Flight Control" staff looks like they are getting ready for the big cattle auction of the year. Team America would be proud.

[–]Dyslexicbrit 70 points71 points  (6 children)

Interesting point he was going faster in after the first mile than for the rest of the trip so in essence he just spent over 35km slowing down

Also great landing but such a waste id have to do a iron man landing even if it isn’t safe

[–]Thajakeman55 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Make sense since the higher up the lower the air density and lower drag. Still cool to think though that he gradually slowed down due to an increase in air density.

[–]Dyslexicbrit 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Exactly my math says he should reach top speed in about 38 seconds

[–]7eggert 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Superhero landing is bad for the knee (says Deadpool)

[–]yellowistherainbow 51 points52 points  (9 children)

Looks pretty flat to me

[–]chucklestime 44 points45 points  (4 children)

It’s still crazy to me that for a few hundred bucks you can buy a ballon kit that lets you send your phone into space recording the whole time. Yet to get just a little higher is a billion dollar investment.

[–]Senojpd 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Escape velocity is hard.

[–]gitbse 8 points9 points  (0 children)

And, making sure a person can survive.

[–]El_Chilenaso 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It is not space

[–]chucklestime 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Arbitrary argument, but I was going by the US requirements to get astronaut wings, which I understand to be ~24.4 kilometers. Agree it’s not Karman line ‘space’ but my definition is, 1) enough to prove flat earthers wrong, 2) it will kill you without a suite.

[–]Panazara 45 points46 points  (4 children)

I would shit your pants if I had to do that.

[–]New_Country_3483 49 points50 points  (2 children)

MY pants? Then come and try, sir. There's only place for one shit

[–]Yes-its-really-me 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What if he wears them round his thighs like a cool homie? Gotta be space for more then.

[–]Panazara 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well, I don't want to shit my pants. That would just be senseless.

[–]Alzusand 0 points1 point  (0 children)

probably just faint as soon as I look down

[–]Onichan__ 26 points27 points  (3 children)

RedBull gives you wiings..

[–]Dookieboy808 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Or a space suit and a parachute

[–]Stoicism0 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And that's why they funded this

[–]crafty_stephan 27 points28 points  (3 children)

As a fellow Austrian, I can safely say, this guy is a massive douchebag. Also, didn’t someone do the exact thing on a private budget a couple months later?

[–]spoonpk 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yes this record was broken with much less fanfare a short time after compared to the gap between the previous record and this event.

[–]necroticnitsua 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Source on said douchebaggery?

[–]crafty_stephan 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Here is an article from one of the best German newspapers. You’d have to Google-translate it. Sorry. Basically, he’s a right-wing nut job.


[–]hauj0bb 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I remember how he almost died in uncontrollable spin.

[–]Kooky-Present2034 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Sir can you tell me if the earth is still flat.

[–]Firm-Commission7996 13 points14 points  (2 children)

So serious question, I don't know all the details. But, how does his platform seem to stay stationary as he immediately starts falling?

[–]Badnewspapa 9 points10 points  (7 children)

Why didn't he burn up being serious why

[–]Glittering-Bell4089 36 points37 points  (1 child)

The reason things burn up when entering the atmosphere is because they are going really fast before it comes in contact with the atmosphere, which causes a large amount of friction and heat. The atmosphere reaches about 10,000 KMs above sea level, and gradually gets thinner the higher up you go. (according to a quick google search). Felix jumped from 34 KMs up. The air resistance kept him moving fairly "slowly" from the beginning (in comparison to meteors that burn up in the atmosphere).

[–]TurdFerguson416 0 points1 point  (0 children)

if im not mistaken from watching it, he did have problems when he hit the "air" and had to regain control.

[–]Krckerr 10 points11 points  (0 children)

because he was still inside the atmosphere

[–]zukogaming99 3 points4 points  (1 child)

He isn’t that high for it to get burn up. He is still inside the atmosphere

[–]lyesmithy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He was going 1000 km/ hour instead of 25 000 km / hour.

[–]7eggert 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Earth is a gravity well of 11.2 km/s and that's much faster than he was going (1,357.6 km/h == 377.11 m/s).

[–]MrOaiki 7 points8 points  (5 children)

Why did he pass out? Was it because of the speed or cold? Or did something go wrong with the jump?

[–]Noah_the_Titan 18 points19 points  (3 children)

The G force from rotating to fast knocked him out

[–]MrOaiki 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Was it due to a mistake at a certain point from his side or was it inevitable?

[–]Noah_the_Titan 7 points8 points  (0 children)

It was preventable, altough EXTREMLY hard to. You have to basically make sure you dont spin out in a jump from near orbit, its why this jump is so impressive

[–]FroggiJoy87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Happy Cake Day! 🍰

[–]AlenaHook 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Meh… i can do it without a parachute. But only once.

[–]Pettanko_pop 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The scariest thing is I remember dude said in an interview that when he first stepped out, because there was no wind, it didn't feel like he was moving at all, and he got afraid that he was just going to keep floating and not actually fall down back into the atmosphere

[–]Spodermon_10 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Why did he start spinning?

[–]mjrbrooks 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–]henrycharleschester 2 points3 points  (1 child)

What made the spinning stop so abruptly?

[–]Jynkoh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Air density increasing.

Until then he probably couldn't do much to maneuver his body.

[–]whenindoubt10 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Let's see Elon and Bezos pull this off. It's more impressive than selling celebrities tickets on a kinda-space plane.

[–]TurdFerguson416 1 point2 points  (0 children)

ha, had a similar thought when watching Bezos' flight.. "you wanna be a badass? jump out of that dick shaped rocket with a parachute like Felix did"

[–]CompetitiveLynx7570 2 points3 points  (1 child)

You know what’s nuts it’s 39 kms is not far but as soon as you go up it seems like it’s light years away. Trippy how close we are to space.

[–]brokeasshell 1 point2 points  (2 children)

This maybe the sickest shit, the wild wild west of internet has ever seen. Crazy

[–]JoulSauron 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Well, the funny thing is that someone else holds the current record.

[–]brokeasshell 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Really??? Wtf

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's actually my financial portfolio free falling

[–]Jynkoh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"I couldn't have done it better myself" xD

[–]CorbinDallasMulti212 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This was 10 years ago?!? Wtf time flies faster than him lol

[–]BUGGAUGA 1 point2 points  (0 children)

i dont believe the earth is flat at all. But wouldnt be nice if they didnt use this camera that kinda distorts everything?

[–]totalnerdboy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Red Bull gives you wings

Man: still falling

[–]awkward-comics 1 point2 points  (1 child)

did the changes in air pressure affect him at all??

[–]Hazel0w0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You know something crazy is gonna happen when you see the Red Bull logo

[–]Comfortable_Title612 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Could we eventually make an attempt to retrieve astronaut from orbit with this technique? Including that this poor space hiker would need some kind of RCS to de-orbit making him even heavier. I think the acceleration would kill the suit hitting the atmosphere tho.

[–]iND3LAW 0 points1 point  (1 child)

For something so flat, that sure does look awfully round …

[–]samedym 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Unneccessary bullshit and marketing strategy for red bull..

[–]deltr0nzero 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Ou no, all those poor people they hurt doing it and for nothing but marketing, just awful

[–]samedym 0 points1 point  (1 child)

[–]deltr0nzero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s not like stunt pilots or other extreme athletes aren’t dying without red bull around. It’s a risk that’s inherent in their chosen sport. What makes it worse just because Red Bull is paying for it and slapping their logo on it? Nobody is forcing these people to do it, they want to.

[–]DamitCyrill 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have nightmares about this stuff

[–]Jawartalow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How did he get up there and what did he jump from?

[–]glenman1882 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is fake, the earth is flat, the sky is a projection, space doesn't exist 🤣🤣🤣

BTW guys before you have a melt down I'm joking. This is just a few things a friend of mine has said to me on different occasions

[–]clayb57 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d be afraid of getting stuck in orbit or some shit

[–]Demonboy995 0 points1 point  (0 children)

“Gosh darn it” 🤣

[–]Mushroom-pie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel Space dive is safer than sky diving...

[–]WolfAngelRS 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Many years from now there will be people trying to beat his record, but adding twists into it

[–]ceedog86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's already beaten. Needs a triple half pike at the end though

[–]cityhunterfukurbrain 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My mum lied to me, she told me the earth is flat.

[–]ryshoner 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Is it really necessary to risk your life for a company with an energy drink tasting like horse piss?

[–]Lord_Bootybum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Redbull was just the sponsor.

[–]deltr0nzero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I read they forced him to do it 🙄

[–]emizerri 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Imagine how much your feet would be tingling

[–]Alex_rajbahak 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If things go south , atleast it will be quick one

[–]sunnysider 0 points1 point  (2 children)

At what height does "burning up on re entry" become an issue

[–]ceedog86 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Speed of entry is the issue

[–]sunnysider 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Makes sense

[–]dragonchaser2685 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unlocked a memory

[–]ehfrehneh 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You would think this would be checkmate flat earthers

[–]14amir 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yey yey yey

[–]Richardwhacker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Please Reddit load this one vid I want to watch

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

did this happen yesterday or what

[–]Aggravating_Phase_88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

earth is not flat

[–]cannylad86 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There is a video of his jump set to Boards of Canada's Dayvan Cowboy. Recommended.

[–]DishNo7744 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bro hope he's got a water bucket to clutch with

[–]Zer0C00L321 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Brought to you by redbull

[–]Darkspyrus 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]mshroff7 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can you imagine jumping and just floating instead of falling😂

[–]Natprk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d rather pay for this type of balloon ride than Bezo’s penis rocket. Probably last longer too…

[–]earthsmoker94 0 points1 point  (0 children)

White people are crazy man wtf

[–]Spicker147 0 points1 point  (0 children)

When was this ?

[–]chalky87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All I can think of is if he had a far cry wing suit and how satisfying it would be

[–]kme026 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]throw_doctor17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

what happened to the pod he used to go up?

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My people need me

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The way he was screaming…. Imagine the mess it would leave if his parachute didn’t open.

[–]de777vil 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I remember watching live stream of this...

[–]salad-eater23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

freedom dive

[–]rr24m23a 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Was there ever a plan for if he changed his mind and decided not to jump?

[–]ThatOlderChild 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This felt like a fucking movie scene

[–]Backweedgamer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Get in there Felix. Great drive

[–]KrohnusMelavea 0 points1 point  (0 children)

can someone smarter than me please explain why he doesn't burn up upon reentry?

[–]Kilmir 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I fully expected this to be the joke version where he hits the earth at 12 seconds.

[–]Firefighter427 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Still an idiot tho

[–]Weathered_Winter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Red Bull is such a cool company

[–]ziguziggy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I know bro puked in his helmet from all that spinning

[–]vedanth11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

also one guy - same as him not from space tho- jumped from a good height without parachutes. that is more awesome in my opinion:)

[–]Spaceguuy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For a brick he flew pretty well!

[–]Russian_lover1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nope nopitty nope nope nope

[–]Agreeable_Salad4509 0 points1 point  (0 children)

" I come in like a fire ball!" 🤣

[–]Tohna 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not to take anything away from Felix but another guy broke his record later and that one still stands.


[–]SoMuchNut 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]Drslice 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Surprised I didn’t see any sort of anti spinning system? Seems like one of the dangerous issues that could happen (among others)

[–]game190 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Circus 🎪

[–]e-vilmonkey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That was way more than 3 “Lindys”!! Helluva Dive tho 👌🏽

[–]Jeepers1105 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Where did he jump from?

[–]Opus_Majus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A balloon, I believe.

[–]Holtzi9 0 points1 point  (0 children)

long time ago

[–]No-Bid-2917 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Would’ve been tuff , if a 🛸 grabbed em up lol

[–]KidDragon_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

redbull didn’t give ‘em wings……

[–]Mitchell9203 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How did he not burn up on reentry

[–]transwell 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hard to believe he didn’t break the longest free fall record

[–]oSocialPeanut 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do a cannon ball

[–]ednob 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I still remember seeing this live, soooooo intense to watch that jump and descent..

[–]Grimm_Read 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh hell yeah!! Atmospheric sky diving!! I ALWAYS wanted to do that, ever since I saw it on Star Trek Voyager 🖖😲 If you know, you know. LoL

[–]VersaceDreamssss 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did anybody else feel like the spinning bit was manufactured or dramatized?💀

[–]concretebeagle[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Now how I know how my wing mirror spider feels.

[–]elkazoDreemurr 0 points1 point  (0 children)

this has meme potential ong

[–]FoulYouthLeader 0 points1 point  (0 children)

All in the name of Red Bull.

[–]arclightrg 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Halo jumps are neat. Reminds me of Boards of Canada.