One of my favorite events to experience live in 2012, or EVER, was on October 14th, 2012 when Felix Baumgartner jumped from 127,852 feet, and became a new world record holder for distance jumped. It captivated the world, and his landing was one of the most triumphant scientific feats I have ever seen in my lifetime on television. The best part was that all the major news outlets gave it time. No garbage about celebrities, or politicians being politicians, but a purely awesome throw back to the old days when people breaking records for amazing feats were marveled upon. I had the theme of The Right Stuff playing in my head as I sat in front of my TV like a little kid watching the Space Shuttle take off for the first time.
That being said, GoPro has a 30 second Super Bowl ad that shows the moment Felix Baumgartner jumps off the balloon construct. Felix quickly turns into a little white dot against the gigantic blue marble that is the planet Earth. I remember seeing it live, and it was kind of blurry, but still breathtaking. This ad, and the accompanying 8 minute video, really shows you everything you’ll want to see in high-definition clarity.
That ad gives you a glimpse of how amazing the full 8 minute video is. It’s a fantastic teaser to the full video. If I could compare this to anything, it would be the movie Gravity, instead it’s real, condensed, and then thrown into your eyes at terminal velocity. As you watch, just remember to breathe.