Monday, October 15, 2012

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner Breaks Sound Barrier with Free-Fall Jump from Space

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner became the first man to break the sound barrier in a record-shattering, death-defying freefall jump Sunday from the edge of space. The 43-year-old leapt from a capsule more than 24 miles (39 kilometers) above the Earth, reaching a top speed of 833.9 miles per hour, or 1.24 times the speed of sound.

The veteran skydiver was in freefall for four minutes and 20 seconds before opening his red and white parachute and floating down to the desert in the US state of New Mexico, said Red Bull Stratos mission record keeper Brian Utley.

It wasn’t completely smooth sailing as Felix describes spinning wildly mid-way during his four-minute free-fall, which could have knocked him unconscious. “I had a lot of pressure in my head,” the former military parachutist said at a press conference. “But I didn’t feel like was passing out.”

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