Returning from the Edge of Space, A Tribute to Felix Baumgartner

Felix Baumgartner is slated to do a 120,000 foot skydive from the edge of space on Sunday, through the Red Bull Stratos Program. An attempt on Tuesday was cancelled due to weather. It’s an inspiring feat– defying gravity to get to the edge of space and shirking common sense by jumping out of a perfectly good… balloon.

While Baumgartner is at it, he will be breaking the sound barrier, going mach speed– like Chuck Yeager without the X-1. Incidentally, Yeager broke the sound barrier October 14, 1947. Baumgartner may potentially be doing it again sans aircraft October 14, 2012. As Matt Scott puts it: “To infinity and beyond… and back again…”

The whimsy and magic of the attempt is only undercut by the amount of training and preparation Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team have endured. The jump inspired this illustration, which you can buy on Zazzle as a poster.

Here is a 1000×1500 version of “Returning from the Edge of Space”. Though, ask nicely enough and I’ll send you a higher resolution.

Update: The responses and requests for high resolutions of the image have been overwhelming. Thank you all so much! I’ve made the hi-res version available here.

Watch the Red Bull Stratos livestream here!
Pictures of Felix and Joe at the National Air and Space Museum here.

Posted by Tate Srey.

Tate Srey - Tate Srey is an artist and an engineer. He is a nerd who likes to lift heavy things and put them back down again. He loves to run and swim and build things. He makes his own wine and beer, and dies a little inside when he has to pay more than $5 for draft. He has a natural affection for people with a teacher's spirit-- those who will share their knowledge and experience with others. Some men just want to watch the world learn. Tate can be found on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


  1. harbingeralpha - 10/25/2012 reply

    For those of you asking for a higher-res version go check out Tate’s new post at:

  2. Kristina - 10/25/2012 reply

    Hey…just got a copy of my poster through zazzle…I gotta say, I love the it…I hate the website mark on the top right corner. Didn’t see that when I ordered it. Now I’m a bit disappointed and forsee hanging this on my wall (unless I frame it out).

    Thanks for the lesson…next time will make sure when pay for a poster/artwork of some kind off the internet….make sure its not watermarked.

    • stateoftrey - 10/25/2012 reply

      Hi Kristina! Thanks so much for the feedback. I’m sorry about the watermark! I had put the poster on Zazzle for a couple of friends who had wanted them through zazzle and hadn’t thought to remove it at the time. I’ve since fixed it and reposted on zazzle. I’m not sure what else I can do to make it right.


  3. wow. this is awesome!
    How do we get a higher res copy?

  4. I would love a high res copy so I can use this as a wallpaper.

  5. I would love to have it wallpaper, how we can get the high resolution plz?

  6. Could I pretty please have a high res of this? It’s so beautiful! 2880×1800 if you’ve got it! Thanks so much!!!

  7. Abdulaziz Ghuloum - 10/15/2012 reply

    Is there an option to purchase a high resolution file suitable for printing a poster?
    I would love to buy a poster but I live in a place where regular mail doesn’t get through. 🙁

  8. WOW ! You are very talented

    I’m not sure what is the best way to contact you but you are saying that you can send a higher resolution of it. I would love to have it as a wallpaper.

    Thank you and I hope yo see my message.

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