Man Breaks Sound Barrier In Free Fall From Stratosphere


Sunday I watched as history was made. Felix Baumgartner, or "Fearless Felix" as he is known to friends, finally made his historic free fall jump from the Earth's stratosphere, breaking a new record for speed, hurtling at Mach 1.24 (834 mph). He also leaped from a height of 128,100 feet.

He was lifted into the stratosphere by a ultra thin 55 story helium balloon. Baumgartner rode inside a pressurized capsule and wore a pressurized suit for the jump.

From 24.24 miles into the atmosphere, with an amazing view, Baumgartner simply dropped from his perch into a free fall breaking the speed of sound as he fell towards the Earth. The distance from which he began his descent was about 40% to outer space. This area is known as the Karman line and is the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and outer space.

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Baumgartner made the jump successfully, landing safely on his feet, falling to his knees and his arms lifted in victory as he accomplished a mission that he has worked on for several months.

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Eight point one million viewers were watching simultaneously on YouTube yesterday, along with many others on various other outlets.

Watch the full jump below. It truly is an amazing feat!

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