65 years ago today, Chuck Yeager right stuff-ed his way through the sound barrier in Glamorous Glennis.
Today, me and a couple million other people are watching a live YouTube feed of Felix Baumgartner ascending 23 miles over Roswell, New Mexico to attempt to do the same thing, only without the plane...
EDIT: Just watched the whole thing.
I just used a global communication network to watch video footage and
telemetry streamed in real time from the edge of space, where a man
privately sponsored by an energy drink company leaped into the black sky
and went supersonic without an aircraft.
What a fascinating modern world we live in!