It was a great thing to see - show's how hardy humans are, and how good we are with engineering problems! However, 'the edge of space'? It wasn't though was it? The FAI has the Kármán line at about 100km. The USA has the edge of space at about 80km. He went up to about 39km.
The reason he didn't beat the free fall record is due to him deploying his parachute too early which is a shame.
The achievement of going 800mph+ is pretty awesome too!
Felix took his cat up with him?
A graphic showing the stages of the ascent/descent [also compares stages to previous jump]
I thought his timer stopped working so he had to estimate the length of the free-fall.
after the jump he tweeted "I just jumped from the edge of space what did you do today?"
Watched the HD YouTube feed on the big plasma telly in the mancave, sat in my leather armchair with my daughter on my lap... pretty awesome times :)
How annoying must it have been when his visor heating failed and it started to fog up though - you're in the midst of the highest freefall dive ever and you can't see anything for the mist on your helmet :doh:
found this while looking for more infographics
Bbc2 programme on now.
Edit: Hadn't realised that this was the program that was referenced by the post by @plexer [above]Quote:
...Space Dive features footage, which until now has been kept closely under wraps, from cameras attached to Felix, as he broke through the sound barrier...
I didn't see it when it was broadcast on Sunday [didn't even see it trailed]