Space 14 October 2012 Man jumps from space: giffed Print HTML Today, a man jumped off a balloon 36km up in the air, freefalling from space for almost four and a half minutes. This is really all you need to see to understand that. The gif was made by Cadfael, and is reposted here with his permission. Felix Baumgartner the moment before beginning his freefall to earth. Photograph: Getty Images › The richest states will vote Obama and the poorest states will vote Romney Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. From only £1 a week Subscribe More Related articles NASA: streaks of salt on Mars may mean flowing water, and new hopes of life What was so special about last night's super blood moon? Space salad and twin studies: what did astronauts learn on their latest space station mission?