Congrats to Felix Baumgartner and team for their successful leap of faith!
Watching the whole program live was something of a throwback to the old Apollo missions. It was the excitement of seeing something big unfold, foot by foot, second by second, in front of your eyes. There was Mission Control, Joe Kittinger as CAPCOM, the chatter between earth and sky. There was even a “God speed” and talk of guardian angels in the control room chatter. It was compelling TV, even without Walter Cronkite.
However, there was something surreal about it too. Instead of a water landing, with frogmen, and a crew of hundreds involved in getting the astronauts out of the drink, here was a single man in a spacesuit landing on his feet in the middle of the desert. Then again, it was Roswell.
It was great to see Baumgartner’s joy as he dropped to his knees and pumped his arms to the sky, and to see Joe Kittinger do the same at Mission Control.
Now, that’s big.