The Spacejump Was Remarkable In Another Way

Apart from the fact that spacesuit-wearing Felix Baumgartner jumped from a platform over 24 miles up and broke the sound barrier on the way down, his remarkable feat is noteworthy for another, less obvious reason. There were some 8 million people watching a live YouTube stream of the event; and they were able to enjoy it without the buffering and stuttering we have come to associate with live streamed events if more that a few thousand folks show up to watch at the same time. It's a another sign of the maturation of the technology, along with the London Olympics and the recent Royal Wedding, where viewing online was actually a viable option compared to television.

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