Forget skydiving – space diving is the newest extreme sport to capture the world’s attention, after Austrian pilot Felix Baumgartner jumped out of a space capsule over 24 miles above the Earth’s surface. Terminal velocity? Try supersonic velocity – he also became the first man to break the sound barrier without being inside a plane or other craft. His dive marked the 65th anniversary of the first time man broke the sound barrier…in a jet (Chuck Yeager in the Bell X-1, in 1947).
The event also captured the speed at which information can travel: the dive was live-streamed on Youtube, where it garnered 8 million simultaneous views, and represented half of the trending Twitter topics worldwide.
Felix’s trip, at an amazing 833.9 miles per hour, ended in a US desert nine minutes after he had stepped off the capsule. The journey towards even more extreme activities – and privatized space travel (the dive was sponsored by Red Bull) – have only just begun.