Space 14 October 2012 Man jumps from space: giffed Sign up for our weekly email * 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. › The richest states will vote Obama and the poorest states will vote Romney Felix Baumgartner the moment before beginning his freefall to earth. Photograph: Getty Images Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles The view from Google Earth is magnificent – but there's a problem How politicians are preparing for life on Mars Is this the most dramatic death of a star ever recorded?