John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
We will all remember where we were the moment a man dove back to Earth from the edge of space, landed on his face and was carried away by a shrieking bird.
Years from now, we will all remember where we were the moment Felix Baumgartner jumped from a capsule at the edge of space, landed flat on his face and was then carried away by a shrieking magpie that incorporated him into its nest.
Wait – that's all stuff that might've happened to LEGO Felix Baumgartner. The adventures of the strato-explorer are depicted in this lively short film, made from the building material that gets stuck up kids' noses, that recreates his record-smashing 128,000-foot plunge right down to that troubling moment of "uncontrolled spin." It's like being alongside the real Baumgartner on his terrific aerial journey, only at about 1/350th the scale and 1/350th the thrill of the real event.
The video was created by the folks organizing the 2012 Modellbau Messe, a model-hobbyist fair taking place later this month in Vienna. Pretty good, guys: It's nice to have a new contender in the instantaneous-reenactment scene, which so far has been dominated by the creepy animated stories of Taiwan's NMA.TV (who, yes, have posted their own version of the jump).