Posted Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 1:35 PM
Extreme skydiver Felix Baumgartner officially broke the sound barrier when he jumped from the stratosphere Sunday, and he has left a sonic boom of tributes in his wake.
National Geographic has plans to air a special on the stunt next month. And for those who can't wait, there's already a nifty recreation of the jump—in LEGO form—created by the Vienna ModelMaker Fair in Baumgartner's native Austria.
Meanwhile, first-person P.O.V. camera footage from Baumgartner's jump has been making the rounds online, giving a once-in-a-lifetime perspective on what it's like to reach speeds of 833.9 miles per hour after jumping from 128,100 feet. The jump itself was the most-watched live event ever on YouTube, with around 8 million livestreams, easily surpassing the 500,000 concurrent streams during the Olympics this past summer.
The triumphant leap was touch-and-go for Baumgartner, who said in In his first interviews, "It was really brutal at times. I thought for a few seconds that I’d lose consciousness."