After flying to an altitude of 39,045 meters (128,100 feet) in a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. Felix reached a maximum of speed of 1,342.8 km/h (833mph) through the near vacuum of the stratosphere before being slowed by the atmosphere later during his 4:20 minute long freefall. The 43-year-old Austrian skydiving expert also broke two other world records (highest freefall, highest manned balloon flight), leaving the one for the longest freefall to project mentor Col. Joe Kittinger.

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2 Responses to “Felix Baumgartner’s Supersonic Freefall”

  1. mysterious eggs says:

    love it. keep going humans.

  2. 1qaz says:

    Fantastic! Anyone reading this think they would have been able to take that ‘first step’…??

    Thanks, Felix, for making Roswell famous again !!