Like millions of other awestruck web users, V3 watched agog on Sunday evening as Felix Baumgartner calmly stepped out of a tiny capsule some 24 miles above the Earth to begin his stomach-churning descent in just under 10 minutes.
At one point Baumgartner is believed to have hit speeds of 833 miles per hour – the fastest any human has been without the aid of an engine – and broken the speed of sound.
"Sometimes you have to get up really high to know how small you are," he said before tumbling off the edge of his capsule.
Some may question the purpose of such a jump – seeing it as just another boy's own adventure – but as well as a nice bit of promotion for Red Bull who sponsored the project, there were plenty of scientific benefits too.
First of all, we know a human can survive passing the speed of sound barrier themselves, without being transported back in time, but the team involved say it also provides new lessons on ways in which astronauts could escape from space vehicles in an emergency.
"Part of this programme was to show high-altitude egress, passing through Mach and a successful re-entry back [to subsonic speed], because our belief scientifically is that's going to benefit future private space programmes or high-altitude pilots," said Art Thompson, the team principal, according to the BBC.
Another record broken by Baumgartner was that of the most live views of a single event on YouTube, after eight million viewers watched the jump online.
"We congratulate Felix Baumgartner and the entire Red Bull Stratos team for their successful mission, and for creating a livestream with the most concurrent views ever on YouTube," said Tim Katz, sports partnerships manager, in a blog post.
It seems likely this form of internet-hosted live video content on a single platform could well grow in popularity in the future as the internet becomes the world's network for all content.
And if it means we get to watch more events like a man falling 24 miles to earth, that's even better.
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