By Hannah Wong , FashionnStyle Reporter | Oct 15, 2012 09:38 PM EDT
Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic jump has set a broadcast record as its live video was broadcasted to the largest number of eyeballs to date.
43-year-old Baumgartner achieved the highest free fall in history on Sunday, when he dived from the height of 24 miles above Earth in a speed faster than that of sound.
The Austrian daredevil’s record-breaking skydive became meaningful for the digital media, pushing the boundaries of sports marketing, The Australian reports.
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The record-breaking skydiving, funded by Red Bull, as concurrently viewed by eight million people on YouTube, according to Google, marking the biggest number of viewers in history.
The live broadcast was delivered to over 50 countries through more than 40 TV networks, with over 130 digital outlets streaming Baumgartner’s 9-minute skydive from the space.
The event garnered more than 3.1 million tweets.
Watch the video of Felix Baumgartner’s full jump:
After Baumgartner’s diving that took place Sunday afternoon, the exact times, distances and other numbers were not immediately released.
In the late afternoon, officials confirmed in a press conference that the daredevil known as "Fearless Felix" did achieve 833.9 miles per hour, a record-breaking speed that is 1.24 times that of sound, AFP reports.
Before the update, the unofficial top speed recorded by Baumgartner's Red Bull Stratos team had been 706 miles per hour, much lower than the new record.
But for the very diver, the experience of going supersonic was “hard to describe because you don’t feel it,” Baumgartner said, adding, “you don’t know how fast you travel.”
The former paratrooper used a balloon filled with helium to carry him up to the stratosphere.
It took him 2 hours 21 minutes to reach his capsule, which was 128,097 feet, or around 24 miles high above Earth, which is over three times the height of the average cruising altitude for jetliners.
After the skydive of roughly nine minutes, Baumgartner landed in the eastern New Mexico desert.
Among the cheering onlookers, Felix’s mother Eva Baumgartner welcomed her son back on earth with tears.
Baumgartner’s reflection after his historical achievement was rather humble.
“Trust me, when you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble. It’s not about breaking records anymore. It’s not about getting scientific data. It’s all about coming home,” Baumgarter said after returning by helicopter to mission control in Roswell, according to The New York Times.
“It was harder than I expected.”
"Sometimes we have to get really high to see how small we are," the 43-year-old former military parachutist told reporters after his landing.
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